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Meet Like-Minded Writers

Join us on Thursday, May 21st at a new location: Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe’ on 135 NW Minnesota in Bend. We’ll hold our monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., breaking up into small groups by genre. 


Meet local writers specific to your genre. Join one of six small groups: Children’s, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and a group for anyone interested in finding critique partners. Talk about current and past projects, goals, and challenges. Be inspired. 

Writers of all levels welcome!




 
 
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COWG Saturday Workshops presents:

“Brainstorming a New Novel,” a writing workshop with author Jill Williamson
When: Saturday, April 25, 12 noon-4:00 p.m.

Location: COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Bldg 3, Rm 306

Workshop Description:  Jill will present her method for taking a new idea and crafting it into a story.
•Building Your World – Whether you’re writing in this world or creating a world of your own, your setting should feel like its own character. We’ll discuss techniques for using your setting in a way that makes your storyworld feel like a real place.
•Creating Compelling Characters – A great character can live in a reader’s mind forever. We’ll go through a step-by-step process to help you create authentic characters your readers will not only care about, but will never forget. We’ll discuss character backstory, motivation, tags, archetypal roles, and work through a detailed character worksheet.
 •Storyboarding Your Plot – Inspired by the process that Hollywood uses to create great storylines, we’ll create a storyboard as a group, study its three-act structure, look for plot holes, check character motivations, track themes and subplots, and consider the climax and ending. This process is great for taking a look at your plot all at once to discover weaknesses. It’s also a good way to create a story map before you start writing.
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What to bring for the workshop: You might want to bring a notepad if you prefer more space than is provided on the worksheet handouts.
 
Small Group Critique will be offered immediately following Jill’s presentation from 2:30-4:00. This is your opportunity to brush up on critique skills and get valuable feedback on your work-in-progress. Jill will participate in critique.
 
What to bring for critique: Six copies of your opening pages or any two pages you would like to workshop.
 
Refreshments:  Coffee and light refreshments
Cost: $15 for Guild members. $25 for nonmembers at the door.

Contact:          RSVP and reserve handouts, cowgcritique@gmail.com by April 21.
 
About the Instructor:
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of a dozen fantasy novels. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards, including the Christy Award. Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly at www.GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.


 
 
Date: Wed April 29

Time: 6:00-7:45 PM

Place: Deschuttes Library downtown Bend (601 NW Wall St), Brooks Room

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.


Meet our Distinguished Panelists:
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A former zookeeper turned author and freelance editor, Kelly Lynne Schaub has published over 100 non-fiction articles, three short stories, and two novels (as Kelly McCrady). Focusing on developmental fiction editing as well as stylistic edits needed to bring a writer's vision to the attention of agents and publishers is what Kelly does best; she has shepherded more than 120 novels and short stories to publication. Kelly is a member of Willamette Writers and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

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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.

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Lauren Davis Baker writes to inform and entertain. She began her career as a Technical Writer with Hewlett Packard Corporation, turning out such page-turners as “The HP 7550 User’s Guide.” She later moved into promotional writing, where she enjoyed developing her marketing skills and using adjectives. In 1992 she started an equestrian publication, Flying Changes magazine, and acted as publisher, editor, writer and janitor. In March of 2014 she sold the magazine and branched out on her own, as a freelance writer.  Lauren still writes feature articles for Flying Changes and has also been published in the Cascade A&E, Cascade Business Journal, Central Oregon Magazine, and has recently started doing work for the Bend Bulletin’s special projects division. Her latest endeavor is a blog, entitled ‘Dressage for Mere Mortals.’ Lauren lives in Bend, OR with her husband, Al, and their dog, Skittles.

 
 
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.
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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 www.jkbooks.com and sign up for her monthly Story Sparks newsletter.


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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."
 
 
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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. 

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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.


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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.


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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.
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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.

 
 

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.