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Write Here!

Programs designed to feed and nourish the Central Oregon writing community

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.



Upcoming Events

  • Jan 24

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 25

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 31

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 1

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 7

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 8

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Play around with imagery in this fun event.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    A foundational element of creative writing is the image. And a vital aspect of crafting strong imagery is imagination, a cosmic force that loves spontaneity and risk. Let your creative genius accompany you on a spirited tour. Step smack dab into the center of a compelling image that you’ll amplify, and create a story brought alive with vivid detail. This guided process is applicable to every genre under the sun.

    Examples and ideas going forward will be illuminated. Both seasoned and fledging writers welcomed!

    Krayna Castelbaum, dedicated Poetry Instigator, offers monthly Poetry Playshops, publishes Poem of the Month, and collaborates with other creatives in Central Oregon and beyond. Krayna’s Playshops free people to invest energy in spontaneous play and creative self-expression. She’s currently at work on a collection of poems based on characters from the Sopranos. Bada bing, bada boom! Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

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  • Feb 11

    12:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Discover the power of using physical objects as prompts.

    This is an in‐person program. Registration is required. Masks are required at all in‐person library events.

    Finding a Way In: Using Physical Objects to Write about the Emotional

    As writers (and human beings), sometimes it’s hard to get to the heart of what we want to say. Maybe we want to write about a particular memory or a person who has affected us deeply, but we just don’t know where to start. One method for tackling challenging subjects is to do so indirectly.

    In this generative workshop, we will use physical objects as a starting point for writing about the emotional through a series of prompts that draw on memory and observation. Writers will be encouraged to use these prompts to produce work in any genre.

    Eileen Sather is an Assistant Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College, and she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University. While she tends to dabble mostly in writing fiction herself, she loves to read and teach a variety of genres. She is also on a constant quest to find as many good children’s books as possible to keep her 18-month-old daughter happily reading.

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  • Feb 14

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 15

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 22

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 24

    7:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

    * Registration Required

    Local comedians delight and entertain. 21+.

    This is an in‐person program. Masks are required at all in‐person library events.

    Eric Oren and his comedic work have been seen on NBC, TruTV, The Onion and more! Having opened for acts like Shane Torres, Kyle Kinane, and many more across the country, Eric's ridiculous energy seems to be the right fit for any audience. Taking his act to The Worldfamous Comedy Store, Laugh Factory Chicago, Zanies, and countless others he has honed an ability to bring people up to his unique speed. He is a regular co-host on Thursday mornings at 107.7 The Beat in Central Oregon and a member of critically acclaimed, nationally touring, Billboard charting group, Handsome Naked.

    The High Desert Music Hall strives to curate & provide a diverse set of music genres, a palette of healthy foods, sips, brews & libations, as well as a handful of professional & creative spaces for community engagement & positive experiences. They pride themselves on providing a space welcome to all & the importance of utilizing local & sustainable practices in order to bring our offerings to the community.

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  • Feb 28

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 1

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 7

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 8

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear editing tips for how to polish your manuscript.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    There’s no way around it. The world has more manuscripts than publishing slots, and acquisition editors are often so bleary-eyed from reading poorly written submissions that they may not twig to the gold in others, simply because the writing doesn’t shine. If you really want to get published, mind your words. Make sure they’re impeccable. Make sure they shine. “Mind Your Words” offers numerous tips to help you look at your manuscript in a whole new way and polish the gold inside.

    Deborah Froese first began plotting novels while falling asleep as a young child. Sleep didn’t come easily, but plot curves did! That preoccupation eventually led to a career as a writer and editor. Currently, Deborah works as the part-time executive editor for Indigo River Publishing, an indie publisher based in Florida. She continues to serve a number of freelance editing clients and works on her own writing projects from her home in Winnipeg, Canada.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 14

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 15

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 17

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Join us at The Commons for a spoken word open mic night the third Thursday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up.

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  • Mar 21

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 22

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 28

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 29

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 4

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 5

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 11

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 12

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Let’s delve into ideas and practicalities that will allow your dialogue to resonate.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Good dialogue can be oh-so-tricky to write - it must show how conversations move in real life while intentionally driving a story onward. Some might say that dialogue is action. Good dialogue engages, reveals character, provides pacing, and, yes, keeps the train car of your writing on your chosen track. Through some playful material and hands-on exercises, we’ll explore the construction of dialogue. We’ll also scale back to consider how, through your writing, you are having a conversation across time and space with your readers. How can this particular dialogue between imaginations impact your writing process? At its core, dialogue is a shared emotional experience.

    Brigitte Lewis is a writer born in Gold Country & destined for speculation. Her writing has appeared in The Bellingham Review, DIAGRAM, a Lambda Literary award-winning issue of Foglifter, and The Southampton Review, among others. Her chapbook, Origin Stories, won the 2020 Iron Horse Review Chapbook Competition. She was a Co-Founding Editor at Utterance Journal, and previously a Contributing Editor at Entropy. You can find traces of her at brigitteelewis.com.

    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. *hy*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 18

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 19

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

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