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.
 
 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 •6:30-8:30 p.m.  DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 Wall Street, Bend.

Free and open to the community.

June is the COWG Readers Showcase featuring six of our members who will be reading excerpts from their work. Come and enjoy our amazing local talent. 
 
 
                               7th Annual Harvest Writing Contest

               Sponsored by the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild

                                      Open to all Oregon Writers


Top ten judged entries published in a chapbook to be available both in print and Epublished.

Cash awards for first three places.

Top ten placing authors to read their works at the October 18 evening awards ceremony at the new Hampton Inn in the historic Old Mill District of Bend Oregon.

Special recognition to the highest placing entry by an unpublished writer.

The top scored entry in each category will be part of the top ten winners and published entries.

Entry Categories: 

·        General Fiction

·        Mystery/Detective Fiction

·        Fantasy/SciFi Fiction

·        Nonfiction

·        Memoir

·        Poetry

Entry length 1200 words or less.

Entries and contest payment via email and paypal. Click HERE to view Contest web page.

 
 
Thursday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  at the Deschutes County Services Building, DeArmond Conference Room, 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701.  Please see the map below.

Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments provided.

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TAWNA FENSKE    A fourth-generation Oregonian, Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek for companies ranging from a medical center to an international translation firm. She's currently the Communications & PR manager for Visit Bend, where she spends her days implementing social media strategy, writing ad copy, and getting paid to drink beer with journalists. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her fiancé in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated by RT Book Reviews for Contemporary Romance of the Year. She also writes the interactive caper series, Getting Dumped, for Coliloquy and the steamy Front and Center series for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has earned acolades from the Chicago Tribune, which noted, "Fenske's wildly inventive plot & wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums."

Her newest release, Frisky Business (Sourcebooks, May 2014) is a quirky romantic comedy set in Bend, Oregon. Kirkus Reviews called it "an appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness." To learn more about Tawna's books, visitwww.tawnafenske.com


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DANITA CAHILL   Danita Cahill is a full-time, multi-published, award-winning writer and photojournalist. She's sold over 2,100 newspaper articles and columns to 11 different Oregon and Washington newspapers, and several dozen magazine stories for six different national and regional magazines. She's had five stories and a photograph published in two anthologies by HCI Books, and she's self-published five books - two non fiction and three fiction titles.

Danita lives in Lebanon on a small farm with her husband, two sons and their animals - two dogs, two guinea pigs, several cats, a lone horse and a herd of alpacas. Danita is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild, the Willamette Writers Guild, and several online writing groups.


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MARY PAX  M. Pax is author of the 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. A Bachelors of Science in Journalism, she had former lives in marketing and television before settling down to write. Want to know more? mpaxauthor.com


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PATY JAGER   Award winning author Paty Jager is a member of national and local writing organizations. She not only writes the western lifestyle she lives it. With seventeen novels, four novellas, and two anthologies published, she continues to have characters cavorting in her head and enjoys teaching other writers. You can learn more about Paty at her blog;www.patyjager.blogspot.com  her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook;https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager  and twitter;  @patyjag.


 
 
Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  at the Deschutes County Services Building, DeArmond Conference Room, 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701.  Please see the map below.

Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments provided.
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Todd Dunkelberg, director of the Deschutes Public Library System will talk about The Present and Future Library: the state of the library, current trends and future plans.

Todd Dunkelberg is the director of the Deschutes Public Library System. He began his library career as a children’s librarian after graduating from the University of Texas library school. In 1999 he moved to Central Oregon to manage the Redmond Library. He was promoted to director in 2009.




 
 
Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  at the Deschutes County Services Building, DeArmond Conference Room, 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701 (Map Below)

Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments provided.
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Author Gary Lewis: How to turn writing into a full time career: Out of the land of Goodfeelings through the desert of No-Attaboys, the writer, the scribe walks a lonely path, sometimes losing his or her way. Gary Lewis makes his home in Fulltime Land and he draws a map in the dirt for you and points you in the right direction.

Gary Lewis is an award-winning author, TV host, speaker and photographer. He has hunted and fished in seven countries on three continents and in the islands of the South Pacific. Born and raised in the Northwest, he has been walking forest trails and running rivers for as long as he can remember. He is a past and current president of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and a recipient of NOWA’s Enos Bradner Award.

Lewis has penned 2,000 newspaper and magazine articles, some of his credits include Sports Afield, Rifle, Successful Hunter, African Sporting Gazette, Covey Rise, Cabela's Outfitter Journal, MDF and African Hunter.

Lewis is host of Gary Lewis’ Adventure Journal, a TV show. He is the author of 14 books, including John Nosler Going Ballistic, Hunting Oregon, Black Bear Hunting, Complete Guide to Hunting and other titles. His latest release is now available: A Bear Hunter's Guide to the Universe: Crazy tales from Uncle Geddy and the Bear Mountain Gang.

Lewis lives in Central Oregon with his wife of 26 years, Merrilee, and his three daughters, all accomplished hunters in their own right.
www.garylewisoutdoors.com

Media release for Lewis’ latest book:
A Bear Hunter's Guide to the Universe
Crazy tales from Uncle Geddy and the Bear Mountain Gang
By Gary Lewis

First published in Bear Hunting Magazine, Uncle Geddy's crazy tales of the hunt and real life are gathered here in one volume.

This book's chapters reveal hitherto unknown secrets about ghosts, family planning, how to afford a gun a month, how to break-in a new hunting car, getting in touch with inner feelings and getting in touch with extra-terrestrials. Also, in these pages, Uncle Geddy reveals age-old secrets like what does a couple bare do in the woods and how to communicate with a hunting dog.

 
 
Thursday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  at the Deschutes County Services Building, DeArmond Conference Room, 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701. Please see updated map and instructions below.

Middle grade author Kai Strand will talk about the importance of knowing your audience and tips on how to do that. 

Children’s book illustrator, KC Snider, will share about her journey from Oregon college art teacher to Western Fine Artist to now illustrating over 40 books for her publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing. She will share about her experiences working with her publisher and with authors from around the world.  

Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments provided.
For more information about this meeting, please email centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com.
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Author Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, has been on the publisher's Top 5 Bestsellers list since its July, 2013 release.  Kai is the Guild’s coordinator of the 4thGrade Picture Book Writing Contest in the Redmond School District, which runs from September through April. 


http://www.kaistrand.com/

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Illustrator KC Snider is an international award winning illustrated children’s books artist, is an honors graduate from the School of Arts in Eugene, Oregon where she majored in illustration. She has illustrated 37 books for Guardian Angel Publishing. Many of her original illustrations are hanging in the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an art instructor for 17 years at both Lane and Linn Benton Community Colleges. She put her talent towards Historical Western and Native American fine art pieces where she has won many prestigious awards like the Snaffle Bit and Pioneer Heritage.  Her illustrations are inspired by Norman Rockwell’s style.


A few sample illustrations KC did for her own book, "Silence" and "A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear" by Mayra Calvani.  Both books were just released and each show a different style and technique of K. C. Snider's talent as an illustrator.


http://www.kcsniderart.com/

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Apologies to those who, based on our instructions, parked on the east side of the building last month. The parking instructions have been updated below.

THE CENTRAL OREGON GUILD MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED: Starting in January, the 2014 meetings will be held in the DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 Wall Street in Bend. 

Driving from the north, take Hwy 97 S (Bend Parkway) to the Lafayette Street exit. The building is just off the Bend Parkway. Drive to Wall Street and turn right, then enter from the driveway just past Pacific Park. The main entrance on the southwest side of the building will be open.

Park on the west side of the building. Use the parking lot facing Hwy 97 (building’s east side) if the west side spaces are full.

The DeArmond Room is on the southeast side of the building. (Follow the “Conference Room” signs.)

There is no Bend Parkway/Hwy 97 exit coming from the south, so just follow Wall Street past Lafayette Avenue. If you’re unfamiliar with Bend, or want to avoid the downtown area and get to the County building, take the Parkway north to Revere Avenue (Exit 137). Turn left at the light onto Revere Avenue (west), then left at the 3rd cross street onto Wall Street. Make a left turn onto the driveway south of Norton Avenue, or take Norton Avenue and then right into the parking lot (drive west and south to the front of the County building for parking).

 
 
Central Oregon Writers Guild Presents

“Writes of Passage,” a Saturday Critique Workshop with Editor Jami Carpenter 

Saturday, February 1 

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Location: COCC Redmond Campus, Room 306

“Writes of Passage” Critique Workshop 

Whether we submit to the Big 6 or self-publish; whether our format will be print, audio, or ebook; whether our manuscript is fiction or non-fiction, memoir or mystery, the goal is the same: to use words for maximum impact and write a great story.

Using years of experience working with authors and publishers, Editor Jami Carpenter will offer examples and solutions to enhance our writing. From creating first sentence/first page hooks to avoiding common mistakes, the emphasis of the workshop will be on the craft of writing. 

Small Group Critique: After Jami’s presentation, we’ll break into small groups to work on our writing. 

What to Bring:  Six copies of the opening pages or any key passage (three pages maximum, please). We’ll brush up on our critique skills and review how to make the most of comments we receive on our own work. During the workshop, Jami will interact with each group, giving us an opportunity to work with her as we develop self-editing skills and put them to use with our own material.

Bring a sack lunch so we can keep working and get the most from our time with your small group. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Guild. This workshop is free to all Guild members and $10 for nonmembers. 

To guarantee your spot in the workshop, sign up at the monthly Guild meeting or email cowgcritique@gmail.com by January 28.
 
 
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“How to Write Powerful Description”

Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Deschutes County Services Building, DeArmond Conference Room, 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701  (See map and detailed directions below)

Readers expect to be immersed in the story worlds they read about. They want to see it, smell it, touch it, hear it and sometimes even taste it. In this workshop, we'll get down to the nitty-gritty of how good description can elevate the quality of your writing while bringing your story to life.

  • Ditch adverbs and adjectives
  • Learn how to see with the mind’s eye
  • Use memory triggers
  • Be cinematic when needed, otherwise leave the camera at home
  • Use similes and metaphors effectively.
Author Karen Duvall’s successful writing career began as a hobby twenty years ago. Today the award-winning novelist has 4 published novels and 2 novellas. Harlequin Luna published her Knight's Curse series in 2011 and 2012, and her post-apocalyptic novella, Sun Storm, was released in Luna's 'Til The World Ends anthology in January 2013. She released her self-published romantic suspense novel, Desert Guardian, in June of 2013.

Karen is a frequent teacher at writing conferences including RMFW's Colorado Gold Writers Conference, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Bend Christian Writers Conference, The Northwest Independent Writers Association and the Central Oregon Writers Guild. She also teaches online workshops for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Karen lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets and is currently writing a new fantasy romance series.

Open to the community. Free. Light refreshments.


THE CENTRAL OREGON GUILD MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED: Starting in January, the 2014 meetings will be held in the DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 Wall Street in Bend. 

Driving from the north, take Hwy 97 S (Bend Parkway) to the Lafayette Street exit. The building is just off the Bend Parkway. Drive to Wall Street and turn right, then enter from the driveway just past Pacific Park. Drive around the building and use the parking lot north of the building. The DeArmond Room is off the west side of the building on the same side as the main building entrance.

There is no Parkway exit coming from the south, so just follow Wall Street past Lafayette Avenue. If you’re unfamiliar with Bend, to avoid the downtown area and get to the County building, take the Parkway north to Revere Avenue (Exit 137). Turn left at the light onto Revere Avenue, then left at the 3rd cross street onto Wall Street. Make a left turn onto Norton Avenue and then right into the parking lot (drive south to the front of the County building for parking).
 
 
Save this date! Plan to snack on the pot luck finger foods and enjoy our Reader's Showcase. This event will be at the Redmond COCC campus, Building 3, room 309 from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, December 19.