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Write Here is an ongoing, three-part series of programs designed to feed and nourish the writing community of Central Oregon. The three pillars of Write Here work together to provide writers of all levels the opportunity to grow and develop into a complete writer:

  • Writers Writing | Workshops of up to three hours provide the opportunity for writers to practice their craft, explore working within a new genre or polish a specific writing skill. The workshops are limited in size in order to provide a high-quality learning environment with plenty of time and space to create and share.
  • Writers Working | Writing is a creative endeavor but it is also a business. Writers Working explores the nuts and bolts of being a working writer. From the revision process to how to do a public reading, experts will help local writers learn the brass tacks of embarking on a profession of creative writing in today’s world.
  • Writers Reading | Author events bring the local writing community into contact with contemporary writers working in a variety of genres. These events provide opportunities to engage with leaders in the literary arts.

Write Here programs will be facilitated by experienced writing instructors from Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and are open to everyone with an interest in writing. Programs will vary in location, time, and topic, but all Write Here programs are free, though space is limited and registration will often be required in order to keep class sizes manageable.

For more information about Write Here

writehere@deschuteslibrary.org



Upcoming Events

  • Oct 20

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Join OUTCentral Oregon and Hunter Lee Hughes for Open Mic.

    In collaboration with OUTCentral Oregon and writer, director, and producer of "Guys Reading Poems," Hunter Lee Hughes, step up to the mic and read your favorite classic poem, or your own personal work of up to five minutes. All community members are welcome to read and attend.

    Registration is open to the first ten people who wish to read, and ten additional spots will be open at the event for spontaneous readers.

    Hunter Lee Hughes (writer-director-producer) created "Guys Reading Poems" after immersing himself in poetry books left to him by his late grandmother Kathleen. He committed to write and direct Guys Reading Poems with the hope of effectively combining visual poetry with narrative storytelling in a feature film.

    Hunter’s previous directing effort was the comedy narrative webseries "Dumbass Filmmakers!", launched in 2012, which won four awards at L.A.WebFest, including “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.” Hunter also wrote and produced "Winner Takes All", which screened at ten international film festivals before being acquired for distribution as part of the "Black Briefs" collection of dark short films. Most recently, he wrote and directed the theater piece, "Nathaniel Quinn, Filmmaker" which had its world premiere at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles on August 31st.

    Hunter’s two previous plays, "Fate of the Monarchs" and "The Sermons of John Bradley", were mounted in Los Angeles, with "Fate of the Monarchs" being chosen as “Critic’s Pick” by BackStage West and "The Sermons of John Bradley" winning “Best Leading Actor in A Drama – Male” by StageSceneLA.com for the 2008-2009 Season.

    Hunter’s favorite poet is Rumi.

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  • Oct 22

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Oct 22

    5:30 PM - Hutchinson Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to prose with Dr. Emily Carr. Registration is free but required.

    This seminar is designed to introduce writers (of any genre) to the practice of reading and writing poetry. We will pay particular attention to the craft elements foregrounded in poetry that can support work in prose. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art! In Part 1, participants will learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to their work.

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  • Oct 24

    6:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Join award-winning storyteller Heather McNeil for chilling tales to haunt your heart.

    Storytelling is an ancient art that combines creativity, performance skills and the human need for imagination. Heather McNeil is a third generation storyteller who has collected folktales, myths, and legends from other cultures and times of history. She’ll mesmerize you with stories that are old and new, Celtic and southern, and, most of all, downright creepy.

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  • Oct 27

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Kick off National Novel Writing Month with tips for writing.

    Kick off November (National Novel Writing Month) with tips for writing, how to navigate NaNoWriMo online, meet municipal liaison RJ McHatton, and plot your course from blank page to 60,000 words with instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero.

    Then, join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving, moved to Monday, November 19 that week) at the East Bend Library from 5:30-7:30 pm for a mini-lecture to guide you through NaNoWriMo followed by quiet writing time. Don't forget about quiet writing time with WCCO every Monday at Downtown Bend from 10 am-1:00 pm.

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  • Oct 28

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Author Nicole Meir reads from "The Girl Made of Clay."

    "Girl Made of Clay" is an emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter ... and what it takes to mend it.

    After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.

    Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?

    Nicole Meier’s previous novel is The House of Bradbury. She is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosy Aussiedoodle. Visit her at www.nicolemeierauthor.com.

    Books will be available for sale.

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  • Oct 29

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Nov 1

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    Learn how to write a novel in a month.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 1 lecture:Freewriting (The Madman). Learn about how to get words on paper without self-editing, what to do when you're stuck, and how to build your word count for NaNoWriMo.

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  • Nov 5

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Nov 8

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    Discover ways to move plot and make things interesting.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 8 lecture: Plot Flashes. Discover ways to move plot and make things interesting. Expand your options.

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  • Nov 11

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work.

    OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work. After the reading, MFA faculty and students will offer a behind-the-scenes peak into the writing life, focusing on how the relationship between the mentor and mentee evolves and how we teach the craft of creative writing at the graduate level.

    Emily Carr, Program Director: Emily writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems. She is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems, mostly recently "Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—" (McSweeney's 2016). Her first collection of fiction, "Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot novella" is forthcoming from Spork in 2019. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. Emily has been a finalist in seven national book contests, most notably The National Poetry Series 2011.

    TC Tolbert, Core Faculty Poet: TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of "Gephyromania" (Ahsahta Press 2014), and five chapbooks, TC is also co-editor of "Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics" (Nightboat Books 2013), the first anthology of its kind. Second only to writing, TC loves teaching and being in the wilderness (wherever that may be). In addition to working with OSU-Cascades, s/he teaches for University of Arizona, is a certified Wilderness EMT, and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC is Tucson’s Poet Laureate.

    Beth Alvarado, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Beth’s second book, "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" (University of Iowa Press, 2011), is a vivid archive of memories that layers scenes, oral histories, portraits, and dreams in a dynamic cross-cultural mosaic. Her short story collection, "Not a Matter of Love" (New Rivers Press, 2006), won the Many Voices Project Prize for work that is “aesthetically challenging and has a social consciousness.” Her essays and stories have been published in many fine journals including The Sun, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Beth has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Literature from Stanford University, and she studied creative nonfiction on a fellowship in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Ru Freeman, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: I grew up in Sri Lanka, a country where girls and women are honored both for their grace and for not taking any bull; where opinions are stated clearly and in the open, most specially when we disagree, but where the argument is kept separate from the relationship; and where friendship is assumed before it has to be proved. These things tend to differentiate me from my American peers. Serendip was the name, in Arabic, for my country in 361 AD, whose essence was captured in the invention of the word serendipity in the 18th century. As such, I’ve learned to stay wide open to the beauty that chance happenings afford us, and thrive in environments where people love without boundaries, give freely of their wealth and of themselves, enjoy the pleasure of food and drink and dance, and find humor in pretty much everything. Even the darkest things. Particularly those.

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  • Nov 12

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Nov 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discuss line breaks and six ways in which they are used and leave with tools for revision.

    This seminar is designed to introduce writers (of any genre) to the practice of reading and writing poetry. We will pay particular attention to the craft elements foregrounded in poetry that can support work in prose. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art! In Part 2 participants will learn discuss line breaks and six ways in which they are used and leave with tools for revision.

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  • Nov 15

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    The art of writing into your information.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 15 lecture: Turbocharge Your Text! The art of writing into your information--detail and micro-writing.

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  • Nov 19

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Nov 19

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    How to keep holiday distractions from derailing your writing.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 19 Lecture: Pass the Gravy. How to keep holiday week distractions from derailing your NaNoWriMo goal.

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  • Nov 26

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Nov 29

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    How to continue a regular writing practice after November is over.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.
    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 29 Lecture: Keeping It Going and Keeping It Real. How to continue a regular writing practice after November is over. Learn about local writing groups, classes, workshops, and opportunities to read in public.

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  • Nov 30

    4:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at monthly meet ups.

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  • Dec 1

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Create inspired poetry with Krayna.

    Words can be kindling, infused with power to encourage and inspire. No doubt, you know someone who could use your kind, loving words. Today, you’ll be guided to craft a poem and/or letter and artfully decorate an envelope for gift-giving. No poetry/writing experience needed!

    Krayna honors the spirit of authentic play though poetry and visual arts. Her warmth, humor and spontaneous style inspire exploration and meaningful connection. Krayna facilitates monthly Poetry Playshops and other spirited community events, and publishes Poem of the Month, now in its 12th year. Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com

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  • Dec 3

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Dec 7

    6:00 PM - Bright Place Gallery

    Spend an evening celebrating spoken word poetry.

    Open mic and poetry competition. $300 cash prize will be awarded (previous winners are not eligible). All forms and genres of written and spoken word welcome.

    Limited to 18 participants. Sign ups start at 5:30 p.m.

    Food and beverages available for purchase.

    All ages welcome. *Some poetry may contain adult subject matter.

    Jason McNeal Graham, known professionally as MOsley WOtta/MOWO is an American visual artist, performer, educator, speaker, and hiphop producer residing in Central Oregon. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. Currently, he works with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. He leads conversations on creativity and vulnerability. He has toured over seas with the US embassy & Rise UP International as an Art Ambassador. MOsley WOtta is a consummate creative, art advocate and geek.

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  • Dec 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Judy Montgomery and Carol Barrett read select original poems.

    Judith H. Montgomery lives in Bend, where she writes and loves to teach poetry workshops. Her poems appear in the Bellingham Review, Measure, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals, as well as in many anthologies. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Poetry; the full-length Red Jess appeared in 2006; Pulse & Constellation (2007), a finalist for the Finishing Line Poetry Prize, followed. She enjoys judging poetry competitions, and was the first Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College. Her fourth collection of poetry, Litany for Wound and Bloom, was published this summer by Uttered Chaos Press.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing. She teaches in the Humanities and Culture program at Union Institute & University, and in the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University. She has also taught poetry at C.O.C.C. Carol’s poems have appeared in JAMA, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, and other venues. Her scholarship has been published in seven fields. Carol’s book Calling in the Bones (2005) won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and the chapbook Drawing Lessons (2002) was first runner-up at Finishing Line Press. Pansies, a collection of creative nonfiction vignettes about the Apostolic Lutheran community, will be out this fall from Sonder Press.

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  • Dec 10

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Dec 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn tips and tricks for writing a successful query letter.

    You'll learn what to include, what to avoid, and how to move out of the slush pile as well as discuss what it means to be a good literary citizen.

    Emily Carr says she “writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems.” She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she’s the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. You can find her online at www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Dec 17

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Jan 7

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Jan 12

    11:00 AM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn storytelling and illustrative expression with award-winning Nicole J. Georges.

    Learn storytelling and illustrative expression with award-winning Nicole J. Georges.. Learn the ins and outs of illustration and memoir and dabble with putting your own thoughts into ink.

    Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, "Calling Dr. Laura," was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and is currently on a dog-themed book tour in support of her new graphic memoir, "Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home."


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  • Jan 12

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    2018 Oregon Graphic Memoir Award Winner Nicole Georges reads.

    2018 Oregon Graphic Memoir Award Winner Nicole Georges reads from her latest award-winning book, "Fetch."

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  • Jan 14

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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