<![CDATA[Central Oregon Writers Guild - Upcoming Events & Meetings]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:35:11 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING 8/17/17  6:30-8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge in Bend]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/august-monthly-meeting-81717-630-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-in-bendPicture
​WORKSHOPPING STRATEGIES with IRENE COOPER and MICHAEL COOPER:  How to help each other write what we want to write, as effectively as possible. We’ll look at the goals and process of workshopping, then workshop a short piece as a group.  This meeting will provide excellent follow up to the genre meetings from the July meeting and will offer direction for newly formed critique groups. 
 
Irene Cooper lives, writes, teaches and cooks in Oregon, is a fierce advocate for public school, arts curricula, accessible health care, any available toilet, and the popular vote, among other things. She believes that language is imperfect, and so, miraculous. Find her work in Verseweavers, The Feminist Wire, Transitions, Poems in the Aftermath, and What Rough Beast (Indolent Books).

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Michael Cooper holds an MFA in writing from Oregon State University Cascades in Bend, Oregon where he lives with his family. He writes fiction, facilitates writing workshops in the community, and teaches Restaurant Management at the Cascade Culinary Institute.

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<![CDATA[September Monthly Meeting 9/21/17 6:30-8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge in Bend]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/september-monthly-meeting-92117-630-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-in-bendPicture
LAW ENFORCEMENT PANEL with Representatives from the Bend Police Department and the Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office. 
 
It’s back!  This popular panel, made up of local law enforcement experts, will field questions related to lawbreaking, police procedure, daily police work, and other elements of crime and punishment.  This is an excellent opportunity for attendees writing detective or police procedurals to ask questions and get clarification from experts.  Writers working on memoir or non fiction with law or criminal justice elements can also benefit from the collective knowledge of our panelists.  
Panelists Include: 
Patrol Division Commander Captain Paul Garrison began his career in Law Enforcement in 1994 as a reserve police officer for the City of Bend, Oregon. He was hired as a full-time sworn police officer in 1995 by the Black Butte Police Department and in 1997 Captain Garrison was hired as a patrol deputy by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. 

Captain Garrison has served in a variety of assignments with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office including deputy sheriff, field training officer, firearms instructor, less lethal instructor, less lethal master instructor, use of force instructor, Excited Delirium instructor, confrontation simulation instructor, Range 3000 instructor, Taser instructor, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team member (CERT – multijurisdictional SWAT), detective, patrol sergeant, training coordinator, patrol lieutenant, team leader and then team commander of the Deschutes County Special Operations Team. 

Captain Garrison earned an Associate of Arts degree from Central Oregon Community College and has completed additional course work at Portland State University, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Command College. 

Captain Garrison was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in 2004 following his assignment in the criminal detectives division. Captain Garrison served as Training Coordinator for over four years, Team Leader of the Special Operations Team for two years and as Team Commander since 2010.

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<![CDATA[JULY MONTHLY MEETING 7/20/17  6:30-8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge in Bend]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:27:40 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/july-monthly-meeting-72017-630-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-in-bendSmall Group Interactions 
Meet like-minded writers!  For July’s meeting, we will be breaking up into small groups according to genre.  Join one of six groups:  Children’s, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and a group for anyone interested in finding critique partners.  We’ll get you started with some discussion topics, but the conversation can quickly move on to current and past projects, goals, and challenges.  This should be an inspiration for writers at all levels.]]>
<![CDATA[JUNE MONTHLY MEETING 6/15/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/june-monthly-meeting-61517-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
The Unvarnished Truth About Marketing: What Works and What is a Waste of Time with Maggie Lynch
 
Most authors are emotional people. They become best friends with their characters and that leads them to craft wonderful books that tell those characters’ stories. The problem is that marketing cannot be an emotional journey for the author. To be good at marketing you have to be analytical. You have to be the person who can look at your book and honestly decide if your baby is ugly. If it is ugly—defined as not an easy sell because it doesn’t meet the general criteria—then you have to convince the reader that your baby has a special value they can’t live without.
 
Book marketing is about convincing your potential readers of the value of your book. That value is not the story, not the price, not the genre.  That value is the experience of reading your book. You need to understand what experience your readers want to have and capitalize on that.
 
This workshop will discuss how to identify that value in your own book(s) and then how to use specific techniques to exploit that value. The top three proven techniques to actually sell books will be demonstrated with examples and timelines. Specifically: 1) Building a mailing list of true fans; 2) Continuously engaging your readers; and 3) Properly using FB Advertising.
Maggie Lynch is the author of 20+ published books, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. Her fiction tells stories of men and women making heroic choices one messy moment at a time. Maggie is also the founder of Windtree Press, an independent publishing cooperative with over 150 titles among 20 authors.  
Her love of lifelong learning has garnered degrees in psychology, counseling, computer science, and education. These led her to pursue careers ranging from Counselor to Software Developer, and eventually 15 years in Academia. Maggie also had many opportunities to consult in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Maggie and her musician husband have settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she now enjoys the luxury of writing full-time. Her adult fiction spans romance, suspense, and SF titles under the name Maggie Jaimeson. She writes YA Fantasy under the name Maggie Faire. Her non-fiction titles are found under Maggie McVay Lynch.

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<![CDATA[MAY MONTHLY MEETING 5/18/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/may-monthly-meeting-51817-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
 Panel:  Q & A with Professional Editors Denice Hughes Lewis, Mike Lankford, and Trish Wilkinson
So I have written a manuscript What’s next?  A panel of three professional editors will be on hand to answer questions about finding an editor and what to expect from working with an editor.  Besides editing for others, all three panelists are published authors who have worked with editors on their own projects, so are in a unique position to speak to both sides of the writer/editor relationship.  Be sure to bring your questions! 
Denice Hughes Lewis owns 3 in 1 Editing and specializes in proofreading, copy/text and story structure. She recently edited Otakara Klettke’s Amazon bestseller, Hear Your Body Whisper: How to Unlock Your Self-Healing Mechanism. Denice writes children’s literature and screenplays and is well acquainted with the writing process in fiction and non-fiction. 


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Mike Lankford is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, a published author, editor, award-winning newspaper columnist and finalist for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. Mike has ghostwritten thirteen books, both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent project is the historical biography of Leonardo Da Vinci. Mike has been teaching for 25 years, the last nine here in Bend at the Central Oregon Community College. He teaches Creative Prose Fiction and Writing Academic Essays.
Trish Wilkinson is a writing coach, freelance editor, novelist, and author of blog Tenacity to Triumph: The Bad Ass Code.  A credentialed, mentor teacher of 23 years, Trish has helped numerous writers find their voices and move on to publication.  www.write-to-win.com​

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<![CDATA[APRIL MONTHLY MEETING 4/20/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/april-monthly-meeting-42017-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
You Published; Now What?  with Paty Jager
After publishing a novel, novella, or short story, if you want exposure or to make money, you need to know how to attract attention to your work. This presentation will show you how to make a brand for yourself or your work and the ways to market your work. I'll give examples of the ways to market and promote to your readers. Handouts and examples will be available. 
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. She has garnered a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance and the RONE Mystery Award. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.

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