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Write Here! - All Events

Programs designed to feed and nourish the Central Oregon writing community

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 4

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Mar 11

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Mar 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discuss first-person narration in short and long-form fiction.

    You can attend this program in person or take part online. To take part online, follow the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.

    A presentation/conversation about first-person narration in short and long-form fiction. By examining flash-fiction as well as novel openings, we will focus on voice, characterization objective correlative, talking to ourselves, and why unreliability is so delicious.

    Catherine Malcynsky teaches Writing and Literature courses at Oregon State University-Cascades. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College. Catherine is originally from Chester, CT.

    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.

    Guild meetings take place on a monthly basis, where we feature guest speakers, panels, member readers and small group interaction, with topics of interest to writers at all skill levels. Meetings are free and open to the public. *hy* *br*

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  • Mar 18

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Mar 21

    6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

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

    This is an in-person program.

    Step up to the mic for a spoken word 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. Readers have seven minutes at the mic.

    Food and drink are available for purchase through the High Desert Music Hall. This is an all-ages venue.

    High Desert Music Hall:
    818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756


    *br*

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  • Mar 25

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Apr 1

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Apr 4

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Practice developing characters who resonate.

    Registration is required.

    Your characters often carry the emotion of a story. Does the reader love, hate, care about the character? And how does that happen - through physical description, personality, character traits? Are other characters used to serve as foils for the main characters? Come join us to practice developing characters who come alive on the page.

    Bob Balmer’s writing has appeared in the Smithsonian, Golf Illustrated, ZYZZYVA, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and other print media. It has aired on radio and television, and he has facilitated workshops in the Pacific Northwest and California. For more visit: discoveringlaughter.weebly.com
    *br*

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  • Apr 8

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Apr 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    How to shout about your work (without losing your voice).

    You can attend this program in person or take part online. To take part online, follow the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.

    Let’s explore how you can get the word out about your writing while staying true to yourself, your voice, and your audience. We’ll survey the online presence of established authors who are using modern media to enhance their material. Plus, Shelby will provide a big-picture perspective on planning your marketing approach so you don’t lose sight of your goals or lose your voice amongst all the noise out there.

    Shelby Little is a voicy writer who works as a marketer in Bend, Oregon. With more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, she founded Yarrow Creative Agency in 2019. Shelby recently completed The Forge Writing Program, blogs at TheShelbyLittle.com, and is a nominee for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.

    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.

    Guild meetings take place on a monthly basis, where we feature guest speakers, panels, member readers and small group interaction, with topics of interest to writers at all skill levels. Meetings are free and open to the public. *hy* *br*

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  • Apr 14

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    After a seven-year hiatus The High Desert Poetry Cell returns to DPL!

    The High Desert Poetry Cell is comprised of five Central Oregon poets: Larry Jacobs, Don Kunz, John Kvapil, Peter Lovering and John Martin. This group is always a crowd-pleaser. They all write and perform poems that are approachable, entertaining--and sometimes funny.

    The five men who make up the High Desert Poetry Cell are most definitely all about the poetry. But throughout their years together the dinners, wine and camaraderie have been a big bonus.

    The High Desert Poetry Cell released their first collection, The Guys Big Book of Poetry, in 2010. In it, the men deal with love, relationships, fathers, loss-and a little sarcasm about some sacred cows. The group went on to release The Guys’ Home Relationship Maintenance and Improvement Manual in 2011.

    About the High Desert Poetry Cell:
    Larry Jacobs is a retired realtor from Bend.

    Don Kunz taught literature, writing, and film studies at the University of Rhode Island for 36 years. He is a published essayist, short story writer, and poet. Don retired as URI Professor Emeritus of English, to Bend in 2005. In retirement Don enjoys studying Spanish, playing the Native American flute, and volunteering. He has served as a SMART Reader, a Board Member for the Nature of Words, and on the deconstruction team for the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Don has participated in Habitat for Humanity Global Village Builds in Guatemala and Thailand and was a Hurricane Katrina Disaster Responder in 2006 and 2008. Don considers himself fortunate to be a member of the High Desert Poetry Cell, which has been an incentive to keep writing for publication, and an opportunity to perform his work before local audiences.

    John Kvapil is a retired Bend architect and a founding member of the High Desert Poetry Cell.

    Peter Lovering is a retired construction manager and building contractor. Peter has been writing poetry since 1960. Four chapbooks of his work are still available, and his poems are included in three chapbooks published by the High Desert Poetry Cell which also include poems by all Cell members.

    John Martin has taught creative writing to prisoners, written ad copy in the early days of digital advertising, penned general interest pieces for the Bend Bulletin and critiqued hundreds of poems in various writing groups over the last 30 years. His chapbook, The Nick of Time, was Published by Iota Press in 2006, and his book, Hold This, was published by Concrete Wolf Press in 2017.

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  • Apr 15

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Apr 18

    6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

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

    Step up to the mic for a spoken word 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. Readers have seven minutes at the mic.

    Food and drink are available for purchase through the High Desert Music Hall. This is an all-ages venue.

    High Desert Music Hall:
    818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756


    *br*

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  • Apr 22

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • Apr 22

    5:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Practice found poetry and create your own unique word arrangements.

    Registration is required.

    Found poems are the literary equivalent of visual collage. Learn generative techniques that stimulate creative play and free the mind for spontaneous experimentation! Leave this Playshop with poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 25th. Excellent for beginners and experienced word-lovers of all genres.

    Presenter Bio: Krayna Castelbaum, Creativity Instigator

    Krayna works with individuals, couples, and groups, honoring the creative impulse through writing, art-making and other creative acts. She publishes Poem of the Month and facilitates monthly Poetry Playshops. Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com *br*

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  • Apr 29

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • May 6

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • May 13

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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  • May 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn how to write historical fiction that keeps readers hooked.

    You can attend this program in person or take part online. To take part online, follow the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.

    Great historical fiction transports readers to a fantasy-like world they won't want to leave. Join award-winning author and longtime history nerd Kerry Chaput to learn tips and tricks that can be applied to all genres, and will set you up to create a winning historical adventure.

    Kerry Chaput is a best-selling historical fiction author who's been featured on Jane Friedman's blog and Mutha Magazine. Born and raised in California, she now lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she can be found on hiking trails and in coffee shops. Connect with her at www.kerrywrites.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.

    Guild meetings take place on a monthly basis, where we feature guest speakers, panels, member readers and small group interaction, with topics of interest to writers at all skill levels. Meetings are free and open to the public. *hy* *br*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • May 16

    6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

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

    Step up to the mic for a spoken word 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. Readers have seven minutes at the mic.

    Food and drink are available for purchase through the High Desert Music Hall. This is an all-ages venue.

    High Desert Music Hall:
    818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756


    *br*

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  • May 16

    7:00 PM - Bend High School

    Bestselling author Robin Wall Kimmmerer wraps up the Author! Author series.

    This is an in-person program. Tickets are required.

    Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals.

    Robin has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. In 2022 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

    The Author! Author! series began in 2012 as a way to expand the literary landscape in Central Oregon while raising funds for the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. With best-selling writers visiting for each annual series, Central Oregon has played host to numerous authors who have won Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and Edgar Awards, among other literary prizes.

    230 NE 6th Street, Bend, OR 97701

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  • May 18

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    A workshop with No Matter the Distance author Cindy Baldwin!

    Space is limited. Registration is required.

    This workshop is intended for children grades 5-8. Children ages 10 and over may attend without a caregiver.

    In this writing workshop, author Cindy Baldwin will teach students how to use the three parts of a story (beginning, middle, and end) to create strong, exciting stories of their own - based on the same three-act structure that grown-up authors study! After she has shared the secret things every beginning, middle, and end need, she will work with participants to put the principles into practice and build a collaborative story.

    Part of the workshop will also be allotted for students to begin their own three-part stories, including a few minutes at the end for any students who wish to share what they’ve written.

    Cindy Baldwin is the author of No Matter the Distance, a Junior Library Guild selection and this year’s A Novel Idea Youth Edition selection. She has also written the critically acclaimed novels Where the Watermelons Grow (an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor, Indies Introduce title, and Indie Next selection), Beginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

    *Elsa* *Cr* *yani* *ani*

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  • May 18

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    A presentation from No Matter the Distance author Cindy Baldwin!

    In this engaging presentation, author Cindy Baldwin will share how growing up with cystic fibrosis (CF) influenced her author journey, teaching her resilience and the true power of books. Through the story of how Cindy became an author, she’ll show how the hardest things in our lives can sometimes lead us to our strongest superpowers.

    Cindy Baldwin is the author of No Matter the Distance, a Junior Library Guild selection and this year’s A Novel Idea Youth selection. She has also written the critically acclaimed novels Where the Watermelons Grow (an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor, Indies Introduce title, and Indie Next selection), Beginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

    About No Matter the Distance:

    Penny Rooney has cystic fibrosis, which means she has to do breathing treatments to help her lungs work. Some days, it seems like her CF is the only thing Penny knows about herself for sure. From her point of view, everyone around her can make sense of their place in the world. So why can’t Penny even begin to write a poem about herself for school?

    Then, during spring break, Penny spots something impossible in the creek behind her house: a dolphin, far from its home. Penny names the dolphin Rose and feels an immediate bond, since the dolphin is also sick. But as Penny’s CF worsens, she realizes that Rose needs to return to her pod to get better. Will Penny be able to help guide Rose back to the ocean, even if it means losing her friend? *yani* *Elsa* *ani*

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  • May 20

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    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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