Date:  Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 • 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Location:   Brooks Room at the Bend downtown library, 
601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend, OR

Free and welcome to the public.
Writers of all genres will enjoy a free presentation by author Jane Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, March 24th. In ‘Give Yourself Credit’ Jane will offer six ways to increase pleasure and productivity in your writing life. This free meeting of the Central Oregon Writers Guild will be held at the Downtown Bend Library at 601 NW Wall Street from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. (Show up 10 to 15 minutes early to guarantee yourself a seat at what promises to be a very popular meeting.)

Jane is the award-winning author of 27 books with over 1 million copies sold. Her titles have been New York Times and Pacific Northwest and CBA bestsellers. She's won numerous writing awards including the WILLA Literary Award and the Wrangler from the Western Heritage Center. A mental health professional, she speaks around the world about the power of stories in our lives. Her latest book,A Light in the Wilderness, was described by Publishers Weekly as "...indelible and intriguing...persuasive and poignant."  She lives between Bend and Redmond with her husband of 38 years and two dogs.  Visit her at and sign up for her monthly Story Sparks newsletter.

Downtown Bend Library at 601 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701
Date:  Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 • 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Location:   Brooks Room at the Bend downtown library, 
601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend, OR

Free and welcome to the public.

Among Mike Lankford’s many accomplishments, he is a graduate of the Iowa’s Writers Workshop, a published author, an editor, an award winning newspaper columnist and a finalist for the Pushcart prize for short fiction. Mike has also ghostwritten thirteen books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has just finished a historical biography of Leonardo da Vinci.

Mike has been teaching for 25 years, the last nine being here in Bend at the Central Oregon Community College. He teaches Creative Prose Fiction Writing and Writing Academic Essays.

Topic: The evening with Mike will be open Q&A, with members’ questions directing the discussion. Mike’s expertise includes Point of View (POV), Introductions and Endings, Character development, Story construction, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Family History and Personal writing. Members are encouraged to come with questions to take advantage of Mike’s vast array of writing skills and experience.
Meet local writers specific to your genre. Join one of four small groups: General Fiction/Poetry;  Sci Fi/Fantasy; Memoir; and Non-Fiction and talk about current and past projects, goals, and challenges. Be inspired. Writers of all levels welcome! Join us at the Bend downtown library in the Brooks Room. Free and open to the community.

Date:  Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 • 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Location:   Brooks Room at the Bend downtown library, 
601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend, OR

COWG member featured reader at January 2014 meeting is Cameron Prow. She will be reading a short Memoir piece entitled "Rules of Engagement."
Readers Showcase and Holiday Potluck Social

Date:  Thursday December 18, 2014

Time:  6:00 – 7:45 pm

Place: Bend Eastside Annex Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd, Bend (Please note location change this month)

Bring some finger food and get to know the Guild better!

Location: Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend, OR

Date:        Tuesday, November 18 , 2014

Time:        6:00-7:45 pm

Free, open to the community. Light refreshments provided.

Our November Featured Reader  is Barbara Cole:
Barbara Cole, received her doctorate from the University of Oregon, has been an occasional Sisters resident, and returned recently from chairing a communication program at a startup research university in Kazakhstan. In addition to founding and managing her own testing and training company and managing national large scale testing projects, she has taught management and marketing throughout China, in Ecuador and Pakistan. Currently she is working on a book about her experiences of teaching management and marketing in developing countries. The piece she’ll be reading is a Memoir titled “Spitting Mink”.

Meeting Topic: A panel of authors will discuss “Critique Group Dynamics.” Our four panelists are Lauren Baker, JT Gregory, Lindy Jacobs, and Mike Rettig. 

Lauren Baker writes to inform and entertain. Her background includes editing, technical writing, promotional writing, and writing for magazines. She enjoys telling a good story, no matter what the topic.

Lauren works with an online team of critiquers, located in San Francisco, CA; Vancouver, WA; and Summerland, Canada. She values their insight and honest feedback.

Lindy Jacobs is a novelist and conference director. She has written short stories, screenplay, story line for daytime television, commercials, Sunday school curriculum and for a time was team reporter for her son’s Little League “Dugout News.” Her first novel is set in 1985 Pakistan on the border on Afghanistan. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Oregon Christian Writers Guild. Lindy enjoys encouraging other writers and is the Director of the four-day annual Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference in Portland and is the coordinator of the Central Oregon Writers Guild critique workshops.

Mike Rettig is a published fiction writer and cowg member since 2008.

He has been the COWG Harvest Writing Contest director for the last two years.

He also is a past winner of the Harvest Contest.

Mike is a firm believer in critique making him a much better writer. He has been a member of some fantastic critique groups and also attended a few that crashed and burned. He is currently in a very successful critique group. He has used his expertise and experience to help other critique groups become more cohesive.

JT Gregory is a retired computer systems architect who likes to think he takes advantage of both sides of his brain. He feels incredibly lucky to have found Bend, a wonderful place to spend contemplating life and nature in his graying years. JT has written 4 novels in various stages of completion, a number of short stories, and begun a memoir about his days in the US Air Force--all of them currently gathering magnetic dust on his hard disk drive.

He is a 3rd place winner in the 2011 Harvest Writing Contest, and placed in the top ten in 2010. He has also received Honorable Mention for a fiction work in the Writer's Digest annual short story contest.

JT works with the COWG Leadership Board as a Systems Coordinator and Survey Manager, and is the back-up website manager. He was a former critique group leader here in Bend.

Location: Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend, OR
Date:        Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time:        6:00-7:45 pm
Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments provided.

Guest Speaker: Rick Steber, Western author of more than thirty books with sales of more than a million copies, will be speaking on writing the West.
Rick Steber, the author of more than thirty books with sales of more than a million copies, has received national acclaim for his writing. His numerous awards include the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Novel, Independent Publishers Award – Best Regional Fiction, Western Heritage Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, Mid-America Publishers Award, Oregon Library Association Award and Oregon Literary Arts Award. Two of his books have been optioned to movie production companies.

In addition to his writing, Rick is an engaging Western personality and has the unique ability to make his characters come alive as he tells a story. He has spoken at national and international conferences and visits schools where he talks to students about the importance of education, developing reading and writing skills, and impressing upon them the value of saving our history for future generations.

Rick has two sons, Seneca and Dusty, and lives near Prineville, Oregon. He writes in a cabin in the timbered foothills of the Ochoco Mountains.



The celebration for the Central Oregon Writers Guilds’ 7th annual Harvest Writing Contest will be held on October 18th at 7:30 PM.

Authors of the top ten places in the contest will read their  entries.  

The growth of the event has required a move to the larger venue of the new Hampton Inn,  730 SW Columbia St. in Bend's Old Mill District, where there's lots of free, easy parking.

A no host bar will be available as well as furnished coffee.

Please make it a date night-- come and enjoy an evening of great writing read by the authors. This is the annual signature event of the Guild as it continues to support the writing community of Central Oregon.

Due to logistical issues, the Central Oregon Writers Guild meeting will be Tuesday,  September 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.
"Miz Scarlett, you ain' nothin' but a mule in hawse harness.”

Catchy dialog hooks your reader! Join Suzan Noyes at COWG on 
Sept. 30th to hone techniques on written conversation. (She’ll 
share Scarlett’s retort to Mammy, too.)

Suzan Noyes enjoys writing short stories, news articles, plays and screenplays. She produced her comedy, Crazy About Me at 2nd Street Theater in 2013, and Hot Spot in Pompeii will open in May, 2015. Collaborations on two screenplays have netted awards at Santa Catalina Film Festival, Oregon Film Awards and recently made the top one hundred entries in an Emerging Screenwriters Competition. She’s a member of the High Desert Writers Guild and Central Oregon Writers Guild in Bend. 

Suzan also has a long career as a professional/commercial artist. She’s designed or painted sets for Community Theaters in:

·         Nome, Alaska (South Pacific, The Snow Queen) along with special events and graphics for Iditarod (Iditafest).

Sets and backdrops in Bend, Oregon: 

·         2nd Street Theater (Crazy About Me, Spamalot, Lapin Agile, Helen On Wheels, Sweeney Todd)

·         Cascades Theatrical Company (The Game’s Afoot or Holmes For The Holidays, Funny Money, Communicating Doors)

·         BEAT (A Child Shall Lead {alternate production}, The Little Mermaid).

·         Thoroughly Modern Productions (Wizard of Oz)

Suzan specializes in painterly décor for interiors including murals and spot illustrations for children’s rooms, and faux-finished walls (Barney Prine’s Steakhouse & Saloon).

She is presently preparing a new line of jewelry that will be featured online via her website and a Facebook page. 

Central Oregon Writers Guild monthly meeting  Thursday, August 28, 2014 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 Wall Street, Bend. Free, open to the community.

Guest Speakers
:  David and Sarah Van Deist,  Publisher and Literary Agent with DC Jacobson & Associates, Portland, OR

Topic:  Submitting your book to and working with literary agents and publishers. Learn about the publishing process from the perspective of agents and publishers.

Watch this site for more information!
 Central Oregon Writers Guild monthly meeting Thursday, July 24, 2014 •6:30-8:30 p.m.

 DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 Wall Street, Bend. Free, open to the community.

Publishing Panel discussion, featuring four local published authors discussing traditional  and self-publishing. Includes Q & A.
KAREN DUVALL   Karen Duvall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She's an award winning author of novels and short stories and has five published books, three of which are published with Harlequin Luna. Her Knight's Curse series came out in 2011 and 2012, and her post-apocalyptic novella appeared in Luna's 'Til The World Ends’ anthology in 2013. Karen is also a professional graphic designer who designs book covers for self-published authors and 3D graphics for computer gaming. She is currently working on a new fantasy romance series.

DAVE EDLUND   Dave Edlund is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a doctoral degree in chemistry. A leading expert in hydrogen energy, he is an inventor on 90 US Patents and more than 120 foreign patents. He has published more in excess of 100 technical articles and presentations, and has been an invited author of several technical books on alternative energy. An avid outdoorsman and shooter, he’s hunted throughout North America for big game ranging from wild boar to moose to bear. Edlund is a long-time resident of Bend, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, son, and three dogs (Lucy Liu, Murphy, and Tenshi).  Crossing Savage is his first novel. The sequel is in the hands of his editor and volume three is currently being written.

MARIE HARTE    Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit and fall in love.

MARY PAX   Mary Pax, aka M. Pax, is author of the science fiction series, The Backworlds, and has other novels and several short stories published. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon for that, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, teaching the public about the stars and the galaxy. With a Bachelors of Science in Journalism, she had former lives in marketing and television before settling down to write. Want to know more?