Visit Herringbone Books (422 SW 6th Street, Redmond) to celebrate Valentine’s Day with several COWG writers reading work that expresses the various aspects of love. Come listen, get inspired, talk about current projects and the writing process. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Guild, to get involved or just simply enjoy some of our local talent. Thank you to Herringbone for hosting this event!
Panel Session: Search and Rescue with Kevin Grove and Matt Sabelman
COWG hosts a Q and A panel discussion with Central Oregon Community College Engineering professor Kevin Grove and Matt Sabelman, the founder of Emergency Medics. Kevin and Matt are prepared to share their experience with search and rescue; outdoor recreation; adventure medicine, and snow science. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about any and all of these topics to discuss with the panelists. This is an excellent opportunity to fact check the accuracy of information in your novels, short stories, or memoirs. Attendees might even be inspired by the true stories shared in this informal panel discussion!
Kevin Grove is an Engineering Professor at Central Oregon Community College and has been an avid backcountry skier and climber for the past 15 years. He grew up in Montana, attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, and has called Bend home for the past 12 years. He is passionate about snow science and loves to share this passion with COCC students and with the Central Oregon outdoor community. Kevin is AAI Level 3 trained.
Matt Sabelman founded Adventure Medics because he wanted to combine two passions in his life: emergency medical services and a lifestyle filled with adventure. The medics employed by Adventure Medics share this life passion. They are rock climbers, mountain bikers, surfers, endurance runners, kayakers, and much more. They have been around the world providing medical services in all sorts of settings from the frigid cold of the Alaska tundra to sweltering jungles in Costa Rica. Adventure Medics strive for excellent patient care and continuously perfect their skills through training and experience.
Staying in the Room with Jane Kirkpatrick
More than anything, a writer has to show up and ‘assume the position’ of a writer. After 30 books, Jane has discovered ways to keep herself in the room to write. She’ll share a few of those tips to keep you writing despite the distractions or discouragement.
Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of 30 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, USA BestBooks and the Carol Award. A mental health professional, she speaks around the world about the power of stories in our lives. Her latest book, This Road We Traveled received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. She lives between Bend and Redmond with her husband of 40 years and two dogs. Visit her at www.jkbooks.com and sign up for her monthly Story Sparks newsletter.
SATURDAY WORKSHOP with TRISH WILKINSON, Author and Writing Coach 3/18/17 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Aspen Ridge in Bend
Write Short Stories and Get Them Published!
Come join author and writing coach Trish Wilkinson on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a workshop to give you the know-how to get your short stories published. You can expect to:
1. Learn what makes a compelling short story.
2. Pick up tools you’ll get to practice at the workshop to take your writing to a new level.
3. Find out how to query editors to consider your work for publication, and
4. Go home with a list of publishers to submit your work.
This workshop couldn’t be coming at a better time to prepare you to submit your best short story to the 2017 Central Oregon Writers Guild Harvest Writing Contest for possible publication in the annual COWG anthology.
Cost of Workshop: Nonmembers $35.00; COWG Members $25.00; and Students and Youth $15.00
If you would like to reserve a spot now, please sign up using the Submittable button on the “Workshops” page. http://centraloregonwritersguild.com/workshops.html
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.
Panel Talking Poetry with the High Desert Poetry Cell
COWG is happy to host the High Desert Poetry Cell, five local poets, to read their work, discuss their writing processes, and talk about submission and publication of poetry. The High Desert Poetry Cell released their latest poetry collection Braided River in June 2016.
Larry Jacobs is a realtor in Bend, Oregon and a partner at Duke Warner Realty.
Don Kunz is the pen name of Don Kunz because John Keats, Robert Frost, and Billy Collins were already taken,, and he could not think of anything else. (He is also Professor Emeritus of English from the University of Rhode Island where he taught literature, film studies, and creative writing.)
John Kvapil grew up in a flat roofed Mid Century Modern house in the middle of a Central Arizona orange grove. He still has nightmares about a man standing in the moonlight on the other side of floor to ceiling glass (and, additionally, an architect and partner at DKA Architecture & Design PC in Bend).
Peter Lovering is a retired building contractor, a retired teacher, a retired bar owner, and not yet a retired young person—also a full time husband, father, grandpa, and dog owner.
John Martin is currently cleansing his doors of perception. (As well as owning and operating John Martin Landscaping.)
2016 Harvest Writing Contest WINNERS COLLECTION
Order your copy of the 2016 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection from Amazon
Central Oregon Writers Guild 2015 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection
In this 2015 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection, Central Oregon Writers Guild proudly presents the works of twelve talented writers who came together to read their winning entries before an audience of friends, family and the Central Oregon writing community. The annual Harvest Writing Contest Showcase Event is held each October in the city of Bend, Oregon.
Genres represented in these ten winning pieces include Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Enjoy the diversity of this multi-genre collection of short stories and poetry as you journey through the pages and follow the footprints of the authors sharing their passion in print.
Central Oregon Writers Guild is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage, support, educate, and provide resources for Central Oregon writers at all skill levels.
Contributors (Authors): Nickole Harris, Jane Lulay, Ava Wilson, ElsieMarie Rochna, Burky Achilles, Kristin Dorsey, Dean Grosnick, David Horn, Eva Hulett, Mary Krakow, Pat Tellinghusen, and Bob Vancil.
2014 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection Now Available!
In this 2014 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection, Central Oregon Writers Guild proudly presents the works of ten talented writers who came together to read their winning entries before an audience of friends, family and the Central Oregon writing community. The annual Harvest Reception is held each October in the city of Bend, Oregon.Genres represented in these ten winning pieces include Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Non-Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry.
Enjoy the diversity of this multi-genre collection of short stories and poetry as you journey through the pages and follow the footprints of the authors sharing their passion in print.
Winning Authors: Nickole Harris, Rosemary Lombard, Cameron Prow, Suzan Noyes, Cindy Adams, Dee Q. Clardy, Amanda Rose, P.J. Stevenson, Tiahna Skye, Ava Wilson
Books can be ordered through Amazon in print or Kindle versions. To order now, just click on the following colored hyperlink for your desired format: Print | Kindle