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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 12

    5:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registration for this event closes the day prior to the program. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link at that time.

    Inhabit a new identity during this stellar playshop.

    Use of persona liberates us from the dictum to write only what we know. An entree to imagination, the form allows us to inhabit identities or voices other than our own. During this small-group Playshop, writing prompts will serve as springboards for vivid exploration. Cultural appropriation in use of persona will be addressed. Excellent for fledglings and long-time lovers of creative writing and poetry!

    Krayna Castelbaum, Poetry Instigator, offers monthly Poetry Playshops, publishes Poem of the Month, and collaborates with other poets/artists in the Central Oregon community and beyond. Krayna's Playshops free people up to invest energy in spirited, spontaneous play and creative self-expression.

    Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com *zm*

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  • Oct 13

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    This live reading will be held via Zoom. Use this URL to join the program https://zoom.us/j/94720637761 or click "Join Program Here."

    Hear the winners of the Central Oregon Writers Guild Annual Contest.Adult Fiction
    1st place: Chris Hannas "Johnny Pucks"
    2nd Place: Lynda Sather "Maddie's Journey"
    3rd Place: Patsy Stagner "The Hole in My Glove"
    Honorable Mentions: Susan Frank "Glitter Path", Tamara Marnell "The Richest Woman in the World"

    Adult Nonfiction
    1st Place: Daniel Murphy "Listing to the Right"
    2nd Place:​ Lori Greenstone "Carpet Ride"
    3rd Place: Judy Dugan "The Banana Republic Game"
    ​Honorable Mention: Pat Kruis-Tellinghusen "To Our Neighbors in Burns, Oregon"

    Adult Poetry
    1st Place: Patty Palmer-Baker "Eyebrow Bear"
    2nd Place: Carolyn Tate "Me, Jungle"
    3rd Place: Tess Marino "And Then, White Pelicans"
    ​Honorable Mention: Randy Workman "We'll Be Right Back After These Messages"

    Youth Fiction
    1st Place: Mckenzie Leary "When Fate Aligns"
    2nd Place: Darcy Hays "Bloodsport"
    3rd Place: Nicole Morgen "Shatter"
    ​Honorable Mention: Reed Luppens "Seven-Minute Mile"

    Youth Poetry
    1st Place: Sophie App Singer "Why It's Hard To Love A Poet"
    2nd Place: Nicole Morgen "My Darling Husband Sam"
    3rd Place: Darcy Hays "Skin Deep"

    Children's Literature
    1st Place: Denice Lewis "Her Eyes"
    2nd Place: Minda DeBudge "The Mystery of the Basement Boogies"
    3rd Place: Cameron Prow "Elmer's Miracles"
    ​Honorable Mention: Megan Hoffman "Ziggy Moves"

    To read the pieces, go to centraloregonwritersguild.com or click on the link below.The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities. *zm*

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  • Oct 23

    12:00 PM -

    This is a live, interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link to join the presentation. Use this URL https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1YUZ7g1hQri8V9FnvXyo4w or click "Register Here" above.

    Examine BIPOC representation in fantasy through worlds like those of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.

    Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This problem lies not only with children’s publishing, but also with the television and film executives tasked with adapting these stories into a visual world. When characters of color do appear, they are often marginalized or subjected to violence, reinforcing for audiences that not all lives matter.

    The Dark Fantastic is an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction. Grounded in her experiences as YA novelist, fanfiction writer, and scholar of education, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some of the most popular stories of the early 21st century: Bonnie Bennett from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Rue from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Gwen from the BBC’s Merlin, and Angelina Johnson from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Analyzing their narratives and audience reactions to them reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world.

    In response, Thomas uncovers and builds upon a tradition of fantasy and radical imagination in Black feminism and Afrofuturism to reveal new possibilities. Through fanfiction and other modes of counter-storytelling, young people of color have reinvisioned fantastic worlds that reflect their own experiences, their own lives. As Thomas powerfully asserts, “we dark girls deserve more, because we are more.”

    Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she was a member of the NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color’s 2008-2010 cohort, served on the NCTE Conference on English Education's Executive Committee from 2013 until 2017, and is the immediate past chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research. Currently, she serves as co-editor of Research of the Teaching of English, and her most recent book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019).

    The Dark Fantastic:
    https://dpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1790426094

    Pick up a copy of The Dark Fantastic at your local bookstore:
    https://www.roundaboutbookshop.com/book/9781479806072
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  • Nov 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and writing opportunities.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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  • Dec 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and writing opportunities.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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