WRITING THE SUCCESSFUL NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL with LINDA BLAND
The best thing about nonfiction books is you don¹t have to write the whole thing to find out if it's salable. Publishers are constantly looking for good books to publish; you just have to know how to present yours. Linda will show what goes into a nonfiction proposal's Overview, Author Biography, Market Survey, Chapter Outline, and Sample Chapter for your book idea. She¹ll tell you how to write a query letter that glows. The dance of publishing just requires learning the steps. Come learn how to sell your nonfiction book idea to publishers.
Linda Bland is an author, editor, and former literary agent, who helped 15 other authors self-publish and sell their books to commercial publishers. Linda delivered writing training to corporations for 16 years; she taught writing at the college level for 25 years. Her public workshops helped individuals and organizations achieve their writing, training, and publishing goals for 20 years. Linda retired to Bend in 2016.
CREATE A SCREENPLAY TOGETHER! with DENICE HUGHES LEWIS
Come and have fun while we formulate a movie outline from scratch. Bring your ideas about titles, themes, characters, and plots and see the story materialize before your eyes. You'll be surprised how these techniques can be used for any kind of writing. Denice Hughes Lewis is an award-winning screenwriter with her partners for "Boarders" and "Mission Implausible: The Undead Identity." She was hired to write a short that was filmed in Bend and another that was filmed as a class assignment for another producer. She's a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of Screenwriting U's Alumni. She's been writing scripts for seventeen years as well as self-publishing five books in juvenile and young adult fiction.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Small 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.
2016 Harvest Writing Contest WINNERS COLLECTION
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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
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