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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

  • Jan 19

    6:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive webinar. Join the program here https://zoom.us/j/99361855508?pwd=TUJzR3p5M1ZlU3kxd1NnZWNmcWJMdz09 or click "Join Program Here" above.

    Native Texan and author of Valentine, the bestselling debut set in the oil fields of Texas in the 1970s, discusses the influence of place in her work.

    Elizabeth Wetmore will read a couple of short excerpts from her debut novel, Valentine, and will talk briefly about the joys and hazards of setting her first novel in her hometown. She will use as a starting point an excerpt from an interview with Eudora Welty in the The Paris Review: When asked if place was a source of inspiration for her fiction, Welty replied, "Not only that, it’s my source of knowledge. It tells me the important things. It steers me and keeps me going straight, because place is a definer and a confiner of what I’m doing. It helps me to identify, to recognize and explain.... It saves me." (Emphases are Wetmore's.)

    Before devoting herself to writing, Elizabeth variously tended bar, taught English, drove a cab, edited psychology dissertations, and painted silos and cooling towers at a petrochemical plant. For a time, she lived in a one-room cabin in the woods outside of Flagstaff, Arizona while she worked as a classical music announcer.

    A native of West Texas, she is most at home in the desert, near the sea, or on the side of a mountain. She lives in Chicago, but she dreams of being bicoastal (Lake Michigan and Lake Travis). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Elizabeth has been the grateful recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. Set in the oilfields of West Texas in 1976, Valentine is her first novel. *zm*

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  • Jan 23

    2:00 PM -

    This is a live event. Join the webinar here https://zoom.us/j/94210710156?pwd=c3R2dFdRS1RFamRzbm4xdTU1Y012UT09 or click "Join Program Here" above.

    Editors Irene Cooper and Ellen Santasiero discuss PLACED composition of writings based on place and phenomena unique to Central Oregon.

    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, and High Desert Journal, among others, and is forthcoming in 7x7. She teaches literature and writing at OSU-Cascades. Check her out at ellensantasiero.com

    Irene Cooper writes poems, reviews, essays, and fiction. She works and teaches in community in Central Oregon, and co-edits The Stay Project. Committal, a speculative spy-fy novel about family, was published in 2020. Her debut full-length book of poetry, spare change, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in March 2021. Learn more at irenecooperwrites.com. *zm*

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  • Feb 9

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive webinar. Click here to join the program https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83833419643?pwd=Y1o4WjBjYnBWRGg0ajVRQXhnQm9jZz09 or click "Join Program" above.

    Discover tips, tricks, and need-to-knows for how to get your book into people's hands.

    DAVID CROW spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbying firm in Washington, DC.

    Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world. Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he is donating a percentage of his royalties from The Pale-Faced Lie to the Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.

    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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  • Feb 18

    1:00 PM -

    Hear local poets share their words and wisdom in honor of Black History Month. *zm*

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  • Mar 9

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/94954891160?pwd=enFpU3VuR0c4S1VSVTUyOE1kWDJ4Zz09or click "Join Program" above. Meeting passcode: 361989

    A recording will be available after the program.

    Hear from a panel of authors including Rosanne Parry, Cat Winters, Cidney Swanson, and Amber Keyser.

    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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  • Mar 18

    5:00 PM -

    This is a live program. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/93824735258?pwd=WTlSa0ZxNE14aXlVcE4rVjlEcmRzZz09or click "Join Program" above.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Gary Powers Jr., son of U.S. Cold War spy Francis Gary Powers, details the harrowing true events of the Cold War that inspired the movie Bridge of Spies.

    During this 1-hour program, Gary will show a short clip from the 2015 Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies, that depicts his father’s exchange for a Soviet spy in February 1962.

    Throughout the program, Gary will reference his two books, Spy Pilot and Letters from a Soviet Prison. He will talk about the Cold War, the misinformation surrounding the U-2 Incident, and what his family has done to set the record straight over the past 30 years. Q&A to follow after the program.

    Born June 5, 1965, in Burbank, California, he is the son of Francis Gary and Claudia “Sue” Powers. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration / Certification in Non-profit Management from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated in 2019 with his Master’s Degree in U.S. History from Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.

    Gary is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity located at Vint Hill, VA 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. He founded the museum in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. As Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study he works with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting, and preservation. Gary is the past President and CEO of the Vienna Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce (2000-2005) and in 2015 he consulted for the Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, about James Donovan who brokered the 1962 spy exchange between KGB spy Rudolph Abel and CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr.

    Gary is the author of Letters from a Soviet Prison and Spy Pilot which both help to dispel the fake news surrounding the U-2 Incident. He is a Board Member of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Omaha, NE and an Honorary Board Member of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Because of his efforts to honor Cold War veterans the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. Gary lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels. He is married and has one son.

    For more information or to order autographed copies of Gary’s books go to: www.spypilotbook.com and www.garypowers.com *zm*

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  • Mar 25

    6:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive program. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/94923425387?pwd=dXJidjZXV0NVV0VVaWRQYTFsRk5ndz09 or click "Join Program Here" above.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Local author and entrepreneur Lieve Maas will lead participants through what it takes to self-publish.

    Lieve will walk participants through Action Steps based off her book From Manuscript to Published Book. Going through this presentation, attendees will gather a lot of information that sets them up for an easy self-publishing experience.

    Attendees will break out into small groups to move through the Action Steps and learn from one another along the way. Have paper and pen handy for this interactive workshop.

    Lieve Maas is a designer, a storyteller, and a self-publishing coach. And the kind of person who thrives on making life easier for others. Growing up in the Netherlands, she was constantly exposed to an intriguing world of galleries, art openings and powerful perspectives that inspired her to study Fine Arts at the Royal Art Academy and later at the University of Amsterdam. She fell in love with visual storytelling and the impact of thoughtful design in creating an emotional experience.

    To learn more about Lieve, visit her at https://brightlightgraphics.com/ *zm*

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  • Apr 13

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive webinar. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/96577441977?pwd=ZDg3WDdyZWRlbUwyMGhTRXdMc2hCZz09 or click "Join Program Above."

    Meeting passcode: 627633
    A recording will be available after the program.

    High desert author and poet Ellen Waterston will explore what comes first, the chicken (what wants telling) or the egg (the style, genre or form that contains it). Poetry? Prose? Fiction? Nonfiction? What genre, within the medium of writing, and what form, what style within the genre, best befits the message? To what extent does the “message” wag the form and style? With the lines between genres, forms and styles more and more blurry, writers have unlimited creative liberty. A writing prompt will allow participants to experiment with this freedom.

    Ellen Waterston has published four poetry and three literary nonfiction titles, including, most recently, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail, University of Washington Press, 2020. Hotel Domilocos, Moonglade Press, 2017 is her most recent collection of poetry. She is founder of the Writing Ranch, which conducts retreats for writers, and of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, recently adopted as a program of the High Desert Museum. She lives in central Oregon.

    Visit www.writingranch.com and www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org

    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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