Welcome to the Hoffman Center’s Blog!

This is where you’ll find the latest announcements for our workshops, art camps for kids, the authors presenting at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, as well as other performances in music, magic, and theater.

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Hoffman Center Names New Officers

vera wildauer sqThe Hoffman Center in Manzanita has elected Vera Wildauer as the new president of its board of directors. Wildauer, a member of the board for four years, co-founded the popular Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Center’s literary journal the “North Coast Squid.”

Wildauer moved to Manzanita in 2006 after a career in bank marketing, most recently for a community bank in Everett, Wash. She also served on non-profit boards, including Bridgeways, a mental health agency where she served as President.

Wildauer replaces David Dillon who has served on the Hoffman Center board since its creation in 2004.

Dillon remains on the board and will oversee the “Finish Off the Hoff” building improvement project, set to begin in September. He will also focus on the Center’s Film Series, as well as his own writing projects.

“I am very pleased that Vera is taking over as president, She is knowledgeable about where the Center has been and our vision for the future,” said Dillon. “She is committed to the mission and will do a great job as our leader.”

“Dave has helped grow the Hoffman Center to the vibrant arts center it is today,” said Wildauer.  “We all appreciate his unwavering dedication for the last ten years and look forward to him managing our improvement projects. They are important to our future.”

Madeline Olson was elected board treasurer. Olson worked in a variety of roles in the state addiction and mental health system. She retired in 2012 as the Deputy Director for Addictions and Mental Health for the State of Oregon.

Peggy Biskar continues as board secretary. Biskar worked as a Fine Art Specialist in the Multnomah County ESD Curriculum Department. Mid-life, she went back to school at Pacific Northwest College of Art and majored in painting with a concentration in photography.

The other Hoffman Center board members are Sharon Borgford, Tela Skinner, Marcia Silver and Mindi Bender.  Click here to find out more about them.

Photo:  Vera Wildauer enjoys some cake at last year’s release party for the North Coast Squid literary journal.

Staged Reading of ‘Riva Beside Me’ on July 19th

RivaCast-WithNames (2)The Hoffman Center is sponsoring a staged reading from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966,” by Carla Perry. The performance takes place on Saturday, July 19th, at 7 pm. A suggested donation of $10 is gratefully appreciated.

The script for the staged readings is excerpted from the book, narrowed down to focus on just four of the characters. The cast includes SARAH GAYLE as “Riva,” HOVEY GROSVENOR as “Richard,” KE EDMISTEN as “The Mother,” and WAYNE PLOURDE  as “The Narrator.” Author CARLA PERRY will be on hand to introduce the show and answer questions afterward. The novel, “Riva Beside Me,” is based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us. Staged readings have already been performed to SRO crowds in Toledo, Portland, and at Canyon Way Bookstore. It has also been performed at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“After experiencing the staged reading at Canyon Way, I bought a copy of “Riva Beside Me,” and have just finished it. I was swept away by the subtle details and enormous visual context gained by reading the novel in its entirety. It was obviously an extraordinary experience for the audience, for the four actors, and indeed for my friends who came with me. I am thrilled to see that you have scheduled additional readings.”  Barbara Gast, Summit.

Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” will be available for sale and autographing at the Hoffman Center. The book is also available at Powell’s Books in Portland, and in Newport at Canyon Way, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, and at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, contact info@dancingmoonpress.com, or call 541-574-7708.

‘Write About Your Art’ Workshop Set for July 12th

Amorose Headshot OrigThe Hoffman Center will host a workshop for professional artists “How to Write About Your Art” Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m.

Led by Eugene-based Vicki Krohn Amorose, the interactive two-hour class will cover artist statements, websites, proposals, publicity and funding, among other topics. The curriculum is based on her popular book Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists.

“For today’s working artist, writing is essential to sustaining a career,” said Amorose. “My class offers clear direction, achievable advice, and encouragement to artists who are ready to enhance their visual work with effective language.”

She added, “This class is useful for any working artist who needs to produce a statement, update their statement, or write in order to approach new opportunities in the arts.”

The workshop fee is $35, which includes a copy of Amorose’s book. Participants must have a copy of Art-Write to use as a workbook or textbook. Books will be available at the class, or can be ordered through local bookstores or online.

Click here to download a registration form or contact the Hoffman Center at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net, or 503-368-3846. Amorose can be contacted at artwrite@peak.org


Check Out the New Hoffman Gardens

With the demolition of the Hoffman House Studio Building, we now have a nice park space on the lot.
More than 20 volunteers showed up Wednesday, June 11 to plant the berms with a wide variety of vegetation.
A big ‘Thank You’ goes to Karen Babbitt for the design and for leading the planting effort.
Here are some views of the big day.  If you’d like to volunteer to help water the Gardens this summer, contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or call (503) 368-3846.


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Judges Announced for 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid

judges banner image 2014The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are delighted to announce the judges for the next North Coast Squid literary magazine, which is due out November 2014 with a submission deadline of August 31.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.

Writing is accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, and narrative nonfiction (which includes memoir).

Lindsay Hill will judge poetry.  He has published six books of poetry and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, was published by McPherson & Company in November of 2013. Lindsay’s other writing and editorial projects include the production of a series of recordings of innovative writing under the Spoken Engine label and the co-editing, with Paul Naylor, of the literary journal Facture. Since leaving a career in banking, he has worked in the nonprofit sector. Lindsay lives in Portland, Oregon.

The judge for fiction is Deborah Reed, author of the recently released novel Things We Set On Fire. She is also the author of Carry Yourself Back to Me, a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She wrote the bestselling thriller A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, under her pen name, Audrey Braun. All of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German. Deborah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at UCLA’s Extension Writing Program, the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as workshops and conferences around the United States and in Europe. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lauren Kessler, who will judge nonfiction, is the author of seven works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging.  Her other work includes My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence; Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial. Lauren has articles published in publications nationwide including The New York Times Magazine, O magazine, Utne Reader and many more. She is a national speaker and workshop leader and the director of the graduate program in multimedia narrative journalism at the University of Oregon.  She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

This year’s new categories for young writers will be judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.  Advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team, the group will select the three best pieces by young writers.

Art and photography will be selected by the North Coast Squid editorial team.

Go to hoffmanblog.org/north-coast-squid to submit work and for the full submission guidelines for both writing and art.  Please read them carefully as they have changed from last year.

Fundraising for the Squid continues with the goal of $2,000 to cover production costs. Make checks payable to Hoffman Center with “Squid” in the “for” line and mail to PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130.


Workshop for Young Writers

BlankThe Manzanita Writers’ Series coordinators are pleased to announce a class for young writers to prepare their writing work for submission to publications.

Open to students entering grades 5 through 9 in September, 2014, the class will help students take a favorite writing piece, and to perfect it through peer feedback and a guided editing process.  They will also become acquainted with the submission process and explore publishing sites.  Ultimately, students will finalize a piece to submit to the North Coast Squid literary journal.

“With the new submission categories at the Squid, there’s an opportunity for local young writers to submit their work this year,” says Deb Simmons, who developed the class and will be teaching it.  “We’re hoping a regular writing group will grow out of this experience.”

The class, which runs 6 days, Monday through Wednesday for two consecutive weeks (July 7,8,9,14,15,16), from 10 to 12:30, will be held at the Nehalem Elementary Computer Lab/Library.

Along with submitting their work, the final class will feature an Open Mic at the Hoffman Center.

The class fee is $70 and materials are included.  Students should bring a sack lunch for each day’s “Talk About Writing Lunch”.

A third generation Oregonian and graduate of OSU, Deb Simmons completed the Masters of Teaching (MAT) program at Lewis & Clark College with certification in Language & Literacy.  She studied at the NW Writing Institute under Kim Stafford and is a ‘graduate’ of their Oregon Writers Project.

After thirty-five years of teaching (the last 13 at Nehalem Elementary), Deb retired in September, 2013 to devote more time to writing and writing instruction with young people.  She mentors teachers, has trained student teachers, and served on two school boards (both in Portland).

Deb and her husband of forty years live in Neahkahnie.

Click here to download a registration form.  Or, contact Deb Simmons at 503.739.3350 or via emaildaslunas@icloud.com


Announcing Classes for the 2014 Kids Summer Art Camp

logo panel copy (2)Classes for the 2014 Kids Summer Art Camp have been announced!  During the week of August 4-8th, the Hoffman Center will host 5 classes in the arts for children ages 6 through 17.

Morning classes will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and will include:

FINE ART FOR KIDS (Ages 6-17) with Bjorn Lundeen This class will introduce fine art techniques to kids in a format that is beginner friendly and fun. The students will learn methods of representational drawing which include how to measure and draw things in proportion, how to draw light and shadow, beginning color, introduction to composition, and how to communicate ideas with subject matter. Drawing materials will be provided such as charcoal pencils, erasers, and paper. This is a great way to introduce young artists to some advanced art techniques in a relaxed, no pressure setting.  Students are welcome to bring appropriate subject matter of their choice to draw, or have the choice of using objects provided by the instructor. No prior art experience is necessary, each student will be instructed at his/her individual level. Above all the goal is to have fun with art and get creative!

MYSTERIOUS, STRANGE & UNUSUAL: A Creative Writing Workshop (Ages 10-17) with Mindy Hardwick Haunted castles, ghostly sightings and things that go bump in the night all spark great stories. But how do we craft our tales so they are believable to readers? In this hands-on writing workshop, we’ll explore how to build suspense and tension in plot, craft compelling characters and design a mysterious setting. Writers will try some flash fiction, short stories and even a few poems. We’ll share our writing with each other in a workshop setting. Bring those stories which haunt you and let’s turn them into mysterious tales which can be told around beach bonfires.

BEHIND THE SCENES: From Acting to Improv (Ages 7-14) with Willa Childress Come join us and discover the world of the performing arts! During this camp we look at the most basic elements of performances, learn to think on our feet, and take turns directing and being directed. Throughout the week, we will create our own characters and personalities and then stage interactions between these characters. Much of the camp will be focused on theories of improvisation, introducing a variety of improv games that welcome creativity, collaboration with friends, and lots of fun.

Afternoon classes will be held from 2:00  – 4:00 pm and will include:

MONSTERS, FAIRIES & ROBOTS: Drawing from the Imagination (Ages 6-17) with Ryan Pedersen We’re going to learn to draw with the most limitless tool we have: the imagination.  It’s a dessert-before-dinner approach to learning: we’ll juxtapose the fictional, creative inspirations that make us passionate to create (…like dinosaurs and spaceships!), and combine them with fundamental drawing practices to make art fun and learning simple.  Students will work with form, weight and expression in their drawings, learn to broaden their idea of “line” and inherit specific, life-long drawing techniques rather than memorizing abstract rules to follow.  It’s art for the sake of fun and enrichment, turning practice from chore to recreation while we work toward our final, framed masterpiece from the student’s own imagination.

CIRCUS ARTS IN MANZANITA (Ages 6-17) with Sierra Gjerde Circus Arts in Manzanita? That’s right, the great NorthWest is teaming with circus enthusiasts and we even reside here in this little community. I am proud to join the Hoffman Center this summer to bring a taste of the exuberance this art form brings. We will be doing lots of character development through improvisation games, round robin shares and various exercises in juggling, poi, basic acrobatics and slap stick theater. The class will conclude with a small showcase of skills learned, musical expression during playtime and showcase encouraged!! Come and feel free to express yourself.

All classes are $65 per student, which includes materials.  If the same child enrolls in both a morning and afternoon class, there is a $5 discount per class. Full and partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.  If so, please contact us before registering.

Questions:  johnfreethy@gmail.com

For a downloadable brochure click here for Front or Back.

Registration Form is available here.

New Day and Hours for the Writing Lounge

writing lounge logo tuesdayBeginning in June the Writing Lounge will move to Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 1 pm. 
In addition the format will change:
  • One week we’ll offer a quiet place to write, with a short time at the end to share.
  • On alternating Tuesdays we’ll offer WordPlay. By popular request we’ll offer the group a writing game and prompts. We’ll have a generous amount of time to write followed by interactive sharing.
June 3 —  Quiet Writing
June 10 —  WordPlay
June 17 — Quiet Writing
June 24 — WordPlay
The Writing Lounge was launched in January this year to create a space and time for writing.  The weekly drop-in session costs just $3 for the two and half hours–no commitment necessary.
You’ll find plenty of resources, including books on writing craft, games and tools to help prompt new writing or a new piece for the monthly Open Mic, as well as local writing mentors for feedback on your works in progress. Please join us at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, 594 Laneda Avenue.
Still have questions?  Contact:

Time to Ink the Squid: Calling Writers and Artists to Submit

ink the squid button art v4The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the next issue of the North Coast Squid from June 1 through August 31, 2014.  
The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in November 2014.
The new Squid will need “ink,” both in submissions and in donations to cover the cost of printing the expanded magazine, a new submission management system, and distribution.   
Watch for details on fundraising as Ink, the Squid, once again shows up around town to raise awareness of the fundraising campaign. You can help support local writers and artists with any size donation to help us reach our $2,000 goal. 
Writing will be accepted in the following categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).  Final selections will be made by literary judges from outside the local area. 
The magazine will be expanded to include selections from young writers under 18 years old.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, will be selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.  The magazine is advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.
“We want to encourage young writers to submit their work,” said Vera Wildauer, co-founder of the Squid and the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  Toward that end a workshop is being developed to help students entering grades 5 through 9 to prepare work for submission.  It is slated to be held in early July.  Watch for more details about that workshop.

Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.
“We invite writers and artists to submit work that goes beyond beach and ocean themes,” said Kathie Hightower, co-founder of the magazine and the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  “While we love the beautiful landscape here, we would like to include more diversity in the submissions.”
Submissions for consideration are due August 31, 2014. Only electronic submissions are accepted.  For the full submission guidelines, click here.  To submit, click here and then click on the image.
Writers and artists can find copies of the current Squid available for sale in these coastal retail outlets: Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and Manzanita News and Espresso in Manzanita, the Beehive in Nehalem, the Trillium Gallery in Wheeler, Beach Books in Seaside, Jupiter Books in Cannon Beach, and Lucy’s Books in Astoria. Net proceeds of the $5 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help fund future issues of the North Coast Squid.