ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST CELEBRATION

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.
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"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.)

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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.
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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.


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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.


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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 http://marieharte.com and fall in love.


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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? mpaxauthor.com


 
 
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).

 
    ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST CELEBRATION

    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.

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