January 2017 Events at Eugene Public Library

All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Begin Your Book-Length Memoir -Saturday, January 7 , 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive /Join Melissa Hart for a lively workshop to learn how to get started writing a book-length memoir. Participants will consider examples from published memoirs to choose a way to begin; identify key themes and/or historical eras in their lives; and learn how to use details along with the classic narrative arc to shape a memoir. / Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs “Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family” and “Gringa,” as well as the YA novel “Avenging the Owl.” Hart is a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine and an editor/consultant at Creator & Collector Services.

Windfall Reading: Dorothy Black Crow and Susan Sygall -Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive/This month’s Windfall Reading features novelist and poet Dorothy Black Crow and memoirist Susan Sygall as part of More Voices, a Lane Literary Guild project promoting multicultural approaches to the literary arts. / Dorothy Black Crow is the author of the mystery “The Lakota Handless Maiden” and many widely-published short stories, poems, and other works.  Among her honors is a Pushcart Prize nomination. An educator as well, she currently teaches creative nonfiction with Willamette Writers, Oregon Writers Colony, and Writers in the Schools. / Susan Sygall is the author of the memoir “No Ordinary Days” about her work as CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). The organization works globally to advance disability rights and leadership, with a focus on women and girls with disabilities. Sygall has received many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the U.S. President’s Award. / More Voices is a new project of Lane Literary Guild to promote multicultural approaches to the literary arts. As part of the Windfall Reading Series, More Voices will bring together authors and audiences for greater inclusion, access, and collaboration. More Voices is made possible in part by a small grant from Lane Arts Council with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission.


Cecilia Woloch Workshop

Composing the Villanelle: A Dance in Words – A poetry workshop lead by Cecilia Woloch / Saturday, January 23, 2016, 12pm – 5:30pm / Kingston, WA at the residence of Lana Ayers / Fee: $75

Internationally acclaimed poet Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles but “on the road” across the US and Europe six months each year. She has published essays, reviews, fiction and six award-winning collections of poems—most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015). http://ceciliawoloch.squarespace.com/

Spend a day immersed in poetry. . .  Come for a light lunch and round-robin poetry reading (bring one 1-page poem to share).  The $75 fee includes, lunch, tea, workshop, handouts and a signed copy of Earth, winner of the Two Sylvias Press chapbook prize.  Space is limited to 14 participants.

From 1 – 4 p.m. Cecilia will lead a workshop on composing the villanelle. She’ll demystify this complex and enchanting form, provide inspiring model poems, and guide you into the process of composing a villanelle of your own. Bring a few lines from your own writing — from finished or unfinished or abandoned poems — to use in the generative process, and come prepared to write.  Following the workshop, we’ll have an informal tea and Cecilia will read from her latest collection,Earth, followed by question and answer/discussion of the process of putting together a manuscript.

To attend the workshop, contact Lana at Lana.Ayers@yahoo.com. Lana will let you know if there is space available, and if so, you can secure your space by sending a check
payable to Cecila Woloch to the following address: Lana Ayers / PO Box 1808 / Kingston, WA 98346-1807.  Once Lana has received your check, she will email you directions to the workshop.  Caution for those who have pet allergies: Lana’s residence contains 2 dogs and 5 cats that will be present during the workshop.  In addition to the workshop fee, participants will likely need to take the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. Information about schedule and costs here: http://tinyurl.com/d259zhn.

Writers’ Retreat in Sprague River

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Literary Events at Eugene Public Library

July 2015 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library

All events FREE.
More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library

Letters to the Editor: A Writing Workshop
Tuesday, July 7, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Have something to say about the issues of the day? Letters to the editor are read by a large audience and wide range of community members, including government and elected officials. Learn how to craft a clear, powerful letter with Amy Beasley and Aryn Bartley of Lane Community College. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Teens: Write Poetry
Wednesday, July 15, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10 th & Olive
Teens: join Carter McKenzie to explore and write poetry. Inspired by a wide range of writers and their own life experiences, participants will delve into language to express their individual energy, bravery, and “hero’s journey.” Free. While at the Library, teens can sign up for Summer Reading and choose a free book to keep, too. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Starting a Newsletter: A Writing Workshop
Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Do you belong to a group that needs a newsletter? Join Amy Beasley and Aryn Bartley of Lane Community College for a writing workshop that can help you get started “writing for community.” Get tips about how to design a newsletter, come up with story and column ideas, and tailor the text to a targeted audience. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Stafford Workshop at Eugene Public Library

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Pitch Art Workshop in Portland

The Art of the Pitch: Presenting Your Writing to Publishers and Artist Residencies

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 2-4 p.m., presented by award-winning poets and editors Jill McCabe Johnson and John Sibley Williams.

Daedalus Books, 2074 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209

contact jswilliams1307@gmail.com by February 1, or visit www.facebook.com/events/293650130840705.

Jump-Start Poetry Workshop with Toni Hanner

Jump-Start Poetry Writing Workshop – Winter 2015

6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week: Wednesdays, January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25

Two Sessions: Daytime 1:30-3; Evening 6-7:30

Series of 6 workshops: $50 or Drop-In $10

Get your poetry engine running with free-writing and structured writing exercises aimed at generating first drafts. Bring something to write with and an open mind to this friendly, safe, and playful environment for beginning and experienced poets.

Facilitated by Toni Hanner. Hanner has led poetry workshops in Port Townsend, Washington, Newport, Ashland and Eugene, Oregon. Her poetry has been published in Calyx, Off the Coast, Gargoyle, MARGIE, Yellow Medicine Review, Southern Humanities Review and many other journals and zines. Her first book, Moonmusic, from Wellstone Press, came out in 2000 and was a collaboration between Hanner and her friend Connie Beitler. She had two books published in 2012: The Ravelling Braid (Tebot Bach) and Gertrude poems and other objects (Traprock). Poet Mary Jo Bang selected Gertrude as a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. Her partner, fellow poet Michael Hanner (redarrowbooks), has published a number of chapbooks for her, including All Things in Their Shining Forth and Tango . Hanner is a member of the Lane Literary Guild’s Red Sofa Poets, and Port Townsend’s Madrona Writers. She is a 2014 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship. She enjoys European travel, Argentine tango and Michael’s cooking.

To register: email tonipoet@gmail.com