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Hoffman Center Sets “Colored Pencil” Class

wthompson collageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Colored Pencil – Nature Art” Class” class Saturday, Apr. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist Wendy Thompson of Cloverdale, students will learn how to put perceptions into being using colored pencil techniques.

Tuition for the class will be $55, with an additional materials fee of $20 to be paid directly to the instructor.

Thompson’s work has been honored by the American Pencil Society, and she has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s program “Oregon Art Beat.”

Her Mandala series was purchased by OHSU and is now included in their permanent art collection. Trader Joe’s also features her art on several of their greeting cards.

Interested persons can register for “Colored Pencil – Nature Art” on-line at http://hoffmanblog.org/ongoing-classes/register-for-workshops. Students need to be age 17 and up, and the class is limited to 10 participants.

Questions about the class can be sent to Thompson at wendythompsonart@gmail.com. Her website is wendythompsonart.com.



Hoffman Center Sets Multilayer Papercutting Class

paper cut collageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Multilayer Papercutting” Class” class Saturday, Sep. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist David Friedman of Portland, students will use papercutting tools to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork.

Tuition for the class will be $55.

Friedman is an award winning artist from Interstate University, Central Washington, Sara Sturgeon Gallery

“Papercuts as an artform have a long tradition. German, Jewish, Japanese and Chinese traditions all have their styles,” said Friedman. “My work brings papercuts into a contemporary format. Many are multilayered and dimensional.”

Interested persons can register for “Multilayer Papercutting” on-line at http://hoffmanblog.org/ongoing-classes/register-for-workshops. The class is limited to 12 participants, and requires using sharp knives/utensils

Questions about the class can be sent to Friedman at friedwart@gmail.com. His website is friedart.com.

Hoffman Center Sets Drawing in Watercolor Class

Deborah Marble Graphic 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Drawings in Watercolor” Class” class Saturday, Jun. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist Deborah Marble of Lake Oswego, students will learn figure or abstract composition using a unique artistic tool.

Tuition for the class will be $45, with an additional $25 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor in the class). The materials fee will be $10, if the student brings some of his or her own supplies.

Marble is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her works have been featured at a number of northwest events including 11 Portland Open Studio tours. She has also worked as a courtroom sketch artist for local and network television channels since 1987.

Interested persons can register for “Drawings in Watercolor” on-line at http://hoffmanblog.org/ongoing-classes/register-for-workshops. Students need to be age 15 and up, and the class is limited to 10 participants.

Registration deadline is May 30.

Questions about the class can be sent to Marble at deborahmarble@frontier.com.


Hoffman Center Sets “Skratch Sculpture” Class

carole murphy workshop collageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Creating in the Green — Skratch Sculpture” Class” class Saturday, Mar. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Led by artist Carole Murphy of Portland, students will be taught how to use unique materials to create sculptures. “They will learn to see in 3D and manipulate and fine-tune a vision,” she said.

Tuition for the class will be $55, with an additional $20 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor). Students will be provided recycled paper and clay to work with, but will be asked to bring found objects such as shells, driftwood, and rusted metal pieces.

Murphy’s award winning sculptures, have been shown nationally in such places as the Maryhill Museum, the Coos Bay Art Museum and the Contemporary Craft Museum in Oregon,

She has taught workshops at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and the Northwest Stone Sculptor’s Association, and continues to teach classes at her studio in Portland.

Interested persons can register for “Creating in the Green” on-line at http://hoffmanblog.org/ongoing-classes/register-for-workshops. The class is limited to 10 students.

Questions about the class can be sent to Murphy at sculptor@carolemurphy.com. Her website is carolemurphy.com




Film Series Presents “Behind the Emerald Curtain”


The Hoffman Center for the Arts will screen the 2015 documentary film “Behind the Emerald Curtain” Friday, Feb. 26. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free.

“Behind the Emerald Curtain” documents the impact of herbicide spraying on the logged lands in the mountains, including above Rockaway Beach to Wheeler. It was directed by Shane Anderson of North Fork Studios and produced by Pacific Rivers.

The film lasts 30 minutes. A discussion will follow.

The Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Pacific Rivers, and the Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection are sponsoring the screening.

MFS Poster 1602A film trailer can be viewed at http://pacificrivers.org/#emeraldvideo

Manzanita Writers’ Series 2016 Offers Expanded Workshop Line-up

coaster 14Get a mini-MFA in Manzanita, or at least expand your craft.

The 2016 Manzanita Writers’ Series provides an expanded opportunity for local and visiting writers to attend writing workshops taught by experts. No need to drive to Portland or sign up for a long-term college program.

The 2016 series offers a wide variety of writing workshops, from craft to the business side of publishing, from personal essay to humor to poetry to writing outside the box.

February kicks things off with Mining Your Life for Laughs with Bob Balmer on February 6.

Saturday, February 20, you can learn how to Craft a Strong Book Proposal with longtime Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, from 9 to 12. Then dive into craft from 1 to 3 with a workshop on Personal Essay writing with Ellen Urbani.

Do you find yourself talking about writing more than writing? Join Matt Love on March 5 for his workshop titled Getting the Writing Going.

And that’s just the first few workshops.  See all workshops to address issues like:

  • Want to learn how to find the laughter in life and craft it into your writing?
  • Do your personal essays lack attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and kick-ass summations?
  • Does your work need more in-depth observation of the world to translate it onto the page?
  • Do you know how to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale?
  • Do you want to learn to use emotion that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic, to your readers?
  • Do you find it hard to break out of traditional narrative structure to create what you want to say, how you want to say it?
  • You’ll find further details on the workshops offered and the authors leading them there as well. You can easily plan out a year of learning and writing to take your writing to the next level.

For a little added incentive, here are two ways to give yourself deadlines to write to.

1. The next issue of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal will accept submissions from March 1 through May 31.

2. Use our Open Mic opportunity at the end of each featured author reading as another deadline. This year we continue to have a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.

Manzanita PoetryFest 2016: CLASS FULL

PoetryFest sessions are full.
If you would like to put on a waiting list, please contact Phyllis Mannan at phmannan@gmail.com.

Manzanita PoetryFest 2016
2 Days | 2 Poets
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24

PoetryFest 2016 offers a unique opportunity for both beginning and serious poets alike to practice and polish their craft, working with 2 accomplished poets. Over the course of this 2-day workshop, participants will work with both instructors and will have the opportunity to share their poetry with fellow students.

Tuition for the 2-Day Workshop is $100.

Friday, April 22, 2016 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet, Mannan Residence

Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Group A – The Magic of Metaphor, John Brehm
Group B – Powerful Titles & Great Openings, Andrea Hollander
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Poets in Conversation on the Creative Process + Q&A
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Social Time at Vino (no host bar, appetizers and small plates)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Poetry Reading & Book Signing, John & Andrea

Sunday, April 24, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Group A – Powerful Titles & Great Openings, Andrea Hollander
Group B – The Magic of Metaphor, John Brehm
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Participant Poetry Reading

John Brehm croppedThe Magic of Metaphor – A Workshop with John Brehm

Metaphor is at the heart of poetic practice, a kind of perceptual magic that reveals the hidden likenesses and deep connections between seemingly dissimilar things. When Shakespeare compares leafless branches to “bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang” a surge of energy enters the poem—we feel the figure is both absolutely right and totally surprising. In this workshop, we’ll examine a range of arresting metaphors from Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Yannis Ritsos, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, James Schuyler, and others, to see just how they work and the range of effects they create. In-class writing exercises will give participants a chance to experiment with the pleasures and challenges of making metaphor.
John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, The Sun, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Almanac, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Mountain Writers Series, Literary Arts, and The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. johnbrehm.net.

Andrea Hollander croppedWho Rushes into the Theatre Without Reading the Marquee?

The Importance of Powerful Titles and Great Opening Lines – 

A Workshop with Andrea Hollander

We write poems initially for ourselves, but eventually we hope that strangers will read and admire them. Without a strong beginning, most readers, including the editors of literary journals and the judges of contests, won’t read very far. In this workshop we will try a variety of exercises as we explore strategies for creating irresistible titles and opening lines, with the understanding that strong beginnings help a writer to keep a poem’s power going.

Andrea Hollander’s first full-length poetry collection received the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Other honors include two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and memoir, and poetry fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2011 and where she conducts writing workshops at both the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.

Special Lodging Offer:
Ocean Inn—located at 32 Laneda Avenue, just steps from the beach—has graciously offered Manzanita PoetryFest participants a discount of 35% off their winter rates on stays of two nights or more. Offer valid for stays during PoetryFest, April 22 – April 24, 2016. Reservations must be completed by April 1, 2016. Call 503-368-7701. www.oceaninnatmanzanita.com

Hoffman Center Sets Mosaic Class

ThPerrigo Graphic 6072e Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Broken Dishes and Found Object Mosaic – Recycled Ceramics” class Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist Jane Perrigo of Tonasket, Wash., students will learn to create fun and whimsical mosaic pieces out of broken ceramics and found items.

Tuition for the class will be $45, with a $30 materials fee. The materials fee will cover cutters, prepared mirrors, some ceramics, glue, and demonstration grout.

Students will be asked to bring gloves, dishes and found objects to be used for projects.

Perrigo has been teaching for 20 years. She shows at the Astoria market and has been featured in galleries throughout the northwest including Nehalem.

Interested persons can register for “Broken Dishes and Found Object Mosaic” on-line at http://hoffmanblog.org/ongoing-classes/register-for-workshops

Questions about the class can be sent to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

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Workshop: Crafting a Strong Book Proposal on Feb 20th

chip macgregorLongtime literary agent Chip MacGregor has represented nearly a thousand books, and each one was sold to the publisher based on a strong proposal. In this fun, information-packed workshop, we’ll explore the big picture of a proposal (What is the purpose of a proposal? What is the publisher looking for?), then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of what goes into a strong fiction or nonfiction proposal. Finally, we’ll explore what makes one proposal stand out from the crowd. Chip will also spend some time talking about how to pitch your work, and will leave time for you to ask your questions about the process.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Tuition is $30.  Click here to register.

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor LIterary, Inc., a full-service literary agency that works with authors around the country. Chip has been working in the publishing industry for nearly four decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. He began working as an agent eighteen years ago, and has represented nearly a thousand titles. The authors he represents have won numerous writing awards, and their books have been on all the bestseller lists — New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Amazon, etc. Ten years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past several years he has consistently been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles. Chip has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University, a master’s from Biola University, did doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.


Nicole Hardy to Lead Writing Workshop – Writing Our Personal Stories

nicole hardyOn Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 p.m., author Nicole Hardy will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide our time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises as we delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on some lessons she learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing creative nonfiction.

The workshop will cover why creative non-fiction is important and similar to or different from writing fiction, and discuss topics that are central to writing personal stories.  Students will also learn essential elements of craft including narrative structure, scene vs. summary, dialogue, characterization, narrative voice, and cultivating vulnerability.

Nicole will also include her best advice on writing & publishing creative non-fiction.

Click here to register for the class.  Tuition is $30.

Nicole is the featured author for the Manzanita Writers’ Series at 7 pm that same Saturday.  She’ll read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.” She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency. Visit her at authorNicoleHardy.com.