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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.

For more information about Write Here

writehere@deschuteslibrary.org



Upcoming Events

  • Sep 27

    9:00 AM - CANCELLED

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    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Sep 28

    10:30 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 4

    9:00 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 5

    10:30 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 6

    6:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvceuvqDMqHNK-T5zvuSNEkoM5Xbin1UUb to register for this event, or click "Register Here" above.

    Hermit Crab essays borrow their forms from other kinds of communication (think personal ads, medical charts, syllabi, album liner notes). While this has become a popular form in creative nonfiction, the technique has applications for poetry and fiction as well. This workshop will feature some examples of Hermit Crab writing, provide some prompts to promote it, and will offer ideas for incorporating it into fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing projects. We will do several writing "sprints" inspired by Hermit Crab prompts throughout the workshop.

    Kristin Dorsey is a Professor in the Humanities Department at Central Oregon Community College. She's a generalist, which means that she teaches a variety of academic and creative writing classes, along with literature classes from Early American literature to Children's literature. She used to read and write a lot. And then she had twins. Now she hangs out at parks and sings a lot of silly songs. Teaching creative writing workshops in the community keeps her excited about her own writing and that of others. *zm*

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  • Oct 11

    9:00 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 12

    10:30 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 12

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/93390219463?pwd=Tm9iQ0NEUE9veCtpNnNMRjh5K0ZhUT09 to join the meeting.

    Recording available after the program.

    Create your own 150-blurb with help from writer Ellen Santasiero.

    Whether we are writing a poem, an essay, a short story, or a book-length manuscript, at some point we need to figure out what our piece is truly about. In this presentation, Ellen Santasiero will guide writers through the process of creating a concise 150-word blurb that can help them sharpen or shift the focus of their work. For a book-length manuscript, this short piece can become the book’s back cover blurb. Bring a partially completed piece or just an idea for a future piece.

    The only thing Ellen Santasiero likes better than making essays, memoirs, collages, plays, fictions, and safe spaces for learning is making them with others. Her work has appeared in The Stay Project, The Sun, 7x7la, and High Desert Journal, among others. She teaches literature and writing at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Find her at ellensantasiero.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. *zm*

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  • Oct 18

    9:00 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 19

    10:30 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 25

    9:00 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Oct 26

    10:30 AM - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 1

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 2

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 8

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 9

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 9

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/93562312590?pwd=UTlQZVhmNy93UVd4WTIxSTM4QjNVdz09 to join the meeting, or click "Join Meeting" above.

    Recording available following the program.

    Strong writing creates clear images for the reader. A detail rich scene can convey fundamental truths you're attempting to share without the need to explicitly spell them out. We'll spend the evening word sketching people, places, and events from your life or the piece of fiction you're working on.

    Sarah Cyr's work has been published in Newsweek Magazine, The Boston Globe, ARTNews, and elsewhere. Cyr leads workshops that braid writing and meditation practices in Central Oregon and online. www.sarahcyr.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. *zm*

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  • Nov 15

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 16

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 22

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 23

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 29

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Nov 30

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 7

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 7

    6:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. Participants are invited to share their videos.

    This workshop will focus on the skills you need to edit your own work.

    Author Harry Shaw said, "There is no such thing as good writing. Only good rewriting." Creating literary art is a multilayered process that goes far beyond writing the first draft of a poem, story, memoir, or essay. Authors must shape, hone, and polish their work just as a sculptor does with clay or marble. Self-revision is an essential part of that creation process, even for authors whose work later goes to a professional editor.

    In this workshop, award-winning author Amanda Skenandore will offer a systematic, multilevel approach to editing. She will discuss why self-editing is essential and share specific tools for implementation. Attendees will have the opportunity during the workshop to practice and share their newly learned skills.

    Amanda Skenandore is the award-winning author of three historical novels, The Second Life of Mirielle West, The Undertaker’s Assistant, and Between Earth and Sky. She’s also a registered nurse and certified infection preventionist. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband Steven and their pet turtle Lenore. *zm*

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  • Dec 11

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Write a killer first line, a killer first page, and a killer first chapter with local author Sarah Smith.

    Writers know how crucial it is to hook a reader as soon as possible. But how exactly do you do that? By nailing three very important firsts: a killer first line, a killer first page, and a killer first chapter. Learn how to write all of these at this workshop taught by local author Sarah Smith. Sarah is the author of five romcom novels, one women's fiction novel, and co-writer of the audio series Power Trip starring Tatiana Maslany. She's excited to share her writing methods and tips with workshop attendees.

    Bring a notebook or laptop, pens, and any stories/manuscripts/drafts you are currently working on and would like to workshop.

    Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She is the author of Faker, Simmer Down, On Location, and If You Never Come Back. She is also one half of the romance writing duo Sarah Skye. Sarah also writes tear jerker women's fiction under the pen name Sarah Echavarre.

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  • Dec 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 14

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 14

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/99559801522?pwd=R0NmWEdrK3ZRVlV3bE41WUFvbGdmQT09 to join the meeting, or click "Join Meeting" above.

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find All Branches

  • Dec 20

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Dec 21

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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