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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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Publish In A Day Workshop on April 4th

publishing workshop image lorinczHolly Lorincz and Brian Tibbetts will lead an e-publishing workshop on Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hoffman Center.  Tuition is $165.  Click here to register and pay online.

In this intensive one day workshop you’ll learn the necessary steps for self-publication in both ebook and print, and, more importantly, get your novel formatted and uploaded by the end of the day, with a personalized marketing plan in place. Please note, this is for text-only manuscripts (no internal images).

If you take this intensive, one-day workshop, by the end of the day you will have:

  • Formatted your novel to ebook and print specifications
  • Written an effective title and back cover copy
  • Uploaded your professionally formatted manuscript into Kindle and CreateSpace
  • Generated a basic marketing platform, with direction on how to build it up

VERY IMPORTANT! In order to take this class you will need:

A completed manuscript, in one Word document (not a pdf), with no internal images.

A basic understanding of how to use the tool bar functions in Word. (If you don’t know how to highlight, or cut and paste, this is not the class for you.)

A laptop with wifi capability.

If you want to have an ebook online by the end of class, you will need:

A professionally formatted bookcover (you will need a Kindle version and a print version).

A title, and a short description (usually same as the back copy), and a short author bio.

If you don’t want to use the free Amazon ISBN numbers, you will have to come with an ISBN from Bowker.

HOLLY LORINCZ is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and the owner of Lorincz Literary Services, an editing and publishing company which regularly works with NY Times Bestselling authors, as well as self-publishing authors. She is also an award winning novelist, a nationally recognized speaking coach, and a long-time writing instructor.

BRIAN TIBBETTS, is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and a long-time professional writer and editor with a background in real-world marketing and a Master’s Degree in Publishing from PSU.

MEET & GREET

If you are interested in mingling with the faculty the night before, we are offering a no-host bar “mixer” at the Neah-Kah-Nie Bistro on Friday night, from 7 pm to 9ish, April 3. Chip MacGregor will also be available for questions, one of the top selling literary agents in the United States.

If registrants stay at The Inn at Manzanita during the weekend of the workshop, they will receive a 15% discount off a two night stay.

Primal Mates to perform Sunday, April 19th

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“Where Words and Music Meet” Sunday April 19th at the Hoffman Center.  $10 admission . Special Sunday matinee show–3:00pm.

Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien are Primal Mates, a contemporary chamber jazz duo from Colorado in which vibes, voice, cello and percussion come together to form an inspired original repertoire. What they create is music with vision; a unique, sometimes haunting and always mesmerizing journey through an intimate musical landscape. Their music combines the attention to composition and form of chamber music with the freedom and improvisational interplay of jazz.

Over the years, as part of their regular concert programs, the chamber jazz duo of Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have included poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers. This concert will be devoted entirely to this genre.

“I can highly recommend Primal Mates featuring musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two. Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello and has a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. The lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Kerouac to Shakespeare!! Beautifully rendered into song and music, and supported by words and photography cast on a screen behind the performers. My audience was transfixed. We all felt we experienced something very special and unique. The music and performance revealed new layers of meaning for the chosen poetry and literature. What a remarkable fusion of literature and music. ” – Tina Smith, Stevenson/North Bonneville Community Librarian

For more info on Primal Mates: http://www.primalmates.com/

Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal on Saturday, April 18

SquidCoverEdition4Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes 19 pieces of art and photography from local artists as well. (24 artists submitted 74 pieces).

This edition was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The campaign-funding goal was $3000. Support from local fans as well as friends and family of Squid volunteers and submitters raised $3600.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2015.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Hoffman Center will be announcing another great project for local writers and artists during the evening’s activities.

Workshop on Writing Lively Historical Fiction on March 21

Little-Century_book coverAnna Keesey, author of Little Century, will lead a workshop on “Writing Before You Were Born: How to Create Lively Historical Fiction” Saturday, March 21st from 1 to 3pm. Keesey will talk about what historical fiction is, share strategies for research, and provide participants some on-the-spot practice in telling a historical story. Held at the Hoffman Center, the workshop is $30. Register and pay here. 

Little Century won the 2013 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, awarded each year by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for the best work of fiction by an American woman published in the preceding year. The award calls attention to the work of a promising but less established woman writer. Previous winners include Anne Patchett, Toni Morrison and Ursula Le Guin before they achieved fame.

Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.  She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Keesey will read from her novel at the Manzanita Writers’ Series event that evening at 7 pm.  Both events will be held at the Hoffman Center.

Anna Keesey will read from her book Little Century on March 21

anna-keesey-author-photo-crop-sm1Anna Keesey will read from her book Little Century at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Written in the tradition of My Antonia and There Will Be Blood, Little Century follows eighteen-year-old orphan Esther Chambers homesteading in the lawless town of Century, Oregon, in 1900, a time of a battle for water and rangeland between sheep and cattle owners.

“Anna Keesey’s debut novel hums with raw energy: its youthful heroine’s, the small town around which the ranches lie, and the new century that’s just unfolding….Exhilarating.”— The Boston Globe

Little Century won the 2013 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, awarded each year by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for the best work of fiction by an American woman published in the preceding year. The award calls attention to the work of a promising but less established woman writer. Previous winners include Anne Patchett, Toni Morrison and Ursula Le Guin before they achieved fame.

Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.  She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Following Keesey’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested theme for Open Mic is “Frontiers and Pioneers.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

During the day on Saturday, from 1 to 3pm, Keesey will teach a writing workshop on “Writing Before You Were Born: How to Create Lively Historical Fiction.”  Keesey will talk about what historical fiction is, share strategies for research, and provide participants some on-the-spot practice in telling a historical story. Held at the Hoffman Center, the workshop is $30. Register and pay here. 

Marcia Silver and Gail Young will lead a discussion of Keesey’s book at the Manzanita Library two weeks later on Saturday, April 4 from 2 to 3pm.

Liberate Your Art Sale

ArtLiberationFlyerWebLiberate Your Art!!!

It has been under the bed, in your storage space, in the closet, on your Mom’s wall,

Unappreciated, lonely, abandoned, ignored!

It time to ‘move it on out’!

Artists are invited to bring your art, your paintings, sculptures, prints, cards, ceramics, your excess supplies, your enthusiasm and your smile, etc. to the Hoffman Center on March 22 between 11 and 4 to buy, sell and trade for new wonderful expressions of local art! Or find new homes for your own.

In a festive atmosphere, everyone is invited to come purchase at possibly reduced prices, fine art and craft from: Janet Maher, Kathleen Larson. Dawn Shears, Charles Winkleman, Christa Grimm, Teresa Simmons, Glenna Gray, Ryan Pedersen, CHAZ, and Linda Cook! If you know any of these artists, you know what a treat this event will be!

Live music by Denise Drake, Noah Dooley and Gary, Michael & Craig of The Rhythm Method.

Update: All tables have been reserved.

Sunday, March 22, treat yourself to a fun and festive experience and feel the freedom it brings to “Liberate your Art!” Come shop, enjoy the community, and take home some new art for Your walls!

Book Launch Celebration on Thursday, March 26

torn fish book coverLocal author Phyllis Mannan will introduce her recently published memoir, Torn Fish: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and Their Shared Humanity, at a book launch party at the Hoffman Center, , at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Please join her for music and refreshments, followed by a short reading. This event is free to the public.

Dr. Jean Edwards, Edwards Center founder, says, “While I know a great deal about the education and training of those with autism, Phyllis opened my eyes to a family’s journey. Her insights deeply moved me. We often hear inspirational stories about children with autism making remarkable gains, but seldom hear the story of their transition from school to adult life . . . This compelling story of David’s life with autism helps you understand the loneliness and isolation that come when communication is impaired.”

Based on the author’s experiences with her 43-year-old son, Torn Fish invites you to see how David’s mind works and how his limited ability to communicate and understand feelings impacts his daily life and that of his family. The author also offers insight from her years of struggling to make good decisions for her son, all the while trying to make, and keep, a connection with him.
Phyllis Mannan has advocated for her son and others with developmental disabilities on the board of directors of The Arc-Washington County and Edwards Center. She served as president of two family associations, one of which she helped found. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian and northwest literary magazines. Her nonfiction has appeared in the North Coast Squid, RAIN Magazine and the Cup of Comfort series. She lives in Manzanita with her husband, Phil.

Torn Fish: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and Their Shared Humanity is available at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and Manzanita News & Espresso, and as a print book and an e-book on Amazon.

Indalo Wind to perform May 2nd

Indalo Wind ManzanitaIndalo Wind will perform at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Admission for the concert is $7.00

Indalo Wind is a father-son duo that specializes in eclectic instrumental music, both original and traditional. They offer up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with a dash of poetry and melodic seasonings from around the world.

Formed in 2008 by Jacob Walter and his father, Eric, Indalo Wind has performed for audiences throughout the western United States and in Greece and Cambodia. Indalo Wind released their debut CD in 2013. For videos and pictures of recent performances, please visit:www.IndaloWind.com

 

Creating Confident Voices Workshop

11046848_812266445477202_7468046420443627515_n“Creating Confident Voices” is a new 6-week voice workshop currently being offered at the Hoffman Center on Tuesday evenings. All spaces have been filled; however, future workshops may be offered, so stay posted!

The workshop was created to respond to a need for group singing opportunities in the community, with a focus on learning about your vocal instrument while enjoying the discovery of singing together and/or alone. It is for anyone who loves to sing, or always wanted to find the confidence and support to sing.

“Creating Confident Voices” incorporates movement, vocal technique and group songs in a fun learning environment. The class is led by Manzanita resident, Susan St.John, who is a retired music professor and national award-winning opera/musical theatre singer. She has a Doctorate in Musical Arts from U. of O., has taught for 35 years in most colleges in the Portland area, as well as performing with the opera companies and symphony orchestras of Portland, Seattle & Eugene. She now loves selling books at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and supporting the community work of the Hoffman Center!

Film Series Presents “I Live for Art”

i Live for Art Graphic 6:72The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 documentary “I Live For Art: A Journey Into Meaning and the Creative Process” Friday, Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, the film offers a humorous, satirical and unique philosophical exploration of the creative process – its angst, its thrills, its purpose and its methods

While any person can be creative, it is the courageous, those willing to entertain uncertainty and are willing to struggle against their own innate feelings of inadequacy who accomplish their victory.

The film lasts 73 minutes, and refreshments will be available.