Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

4f7a9b905a1bc2d6c97e5c8f0157ee9d_fullIt’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.
Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players, NCRD Center for Performing Arts and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three-days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts in nearby Nehalem. Admission is $15. At 7:30 in Manzanita the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 at the door.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

“Taking Your Mystery Recycling” is the theme of an all-day free event at CART’M from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while NCRD, by popular demand, is host to a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with prizes and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Chelsea Cain reads from The Night Season Saturday November 5 during the Dark & Stormy Beach Weekend

Thriller author, Chelsea Cain will read from her new book on Nov 5. Photo by Laura Domela.

So, who is Chelsea Cain and why does she write gory thrillers?

New York Times Bestselling author Chelsea Cain will read from her latest book The Night Season at 7 pm Saturday November 5.

Caine’s Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle,” named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”

So how did this “Queen of serial-killer fiction” (Kirkus Reviews) get into writing gory books? Here’s the start of an explanation.

“In retrospect I always had a fascination with the macabre.

It started with the pet cemetery. A kitten of mine was hit by a car and I buried her in an elaborate ceremony under the Rhododendron bush in our front yard in Bellingham, Washington. Months later, I came across a dead bird. I picked it up, put it in my lunchbox, carried it home and buried it under the Rhododendron.

Eventually kids in the neighborhood started hearing about the cemetery and would appear at my door cradling their dead pets. By the end of that year I had buried fifteen birds, three cats, a hamster, a rabbit, a chicken, and about a dozen gold fish. Each corpse was laid in a shoebox, cushioned with toilet paper, and presented with a piece of costume jewelry from a collection that someone had given me. I would then bury the box and say a few words to whoever was present. I had a special vintage ladies hat I would wear for the occasion. It was black, with white silk flowers piled on it, and a torn black net veil.

I was not an ordinary child.”

Get the idea that Cain won’t be an “ordinary reader?” To find out more about how the Green River Killer, Nancy Drew and TV cops shows headed Cain down the path of gory thrillers join us on November 5.

After Chelsea’s reading and Q&A we’ll have our popular Open Mic focused on the theme of “It was a dark and stormy night” at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Admission for the evening is $5.

The weekend is a joint event of the Manzanita Writers’ Series/Hoffman Center and the Manzanita Business Alliance, and is made possible in part by a grant from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition.

 

Workshop Discount Extended to 10/26

Gigi Rosenberg to teach Funding Your Creative Project. Photo by Heather Hawksford

Get your application postmarked by October 26th for a Special Rate!  Click here for a registration form.

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary & Performing Artist

In this hands-on workshop, held on Sunday, November 6th as part of the Dark & Stormy Beach Weekend, artists and writers learn to take a good idea and transform it into a compelling grant proposal. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions and create a budget that makes your application irresistible. Bring any writing you have about yourself or your work, including artist statement, project descriptions, or reviews, if any. Participants will have time to clarify their ideas and receive moderated feedback from the group and direct coaching from the instructor. Open to both experienced and novice grant writers.

Previous workshop participants have gotten grants to do things like:

• build a website

• fly to Europe to attend a conference

• attend an artist’s retreat

• put on a play

• hire a mentor

• take a workshop

• stage a performance installation.

 

The workshop will be held Sunday, November 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring a brown bag for lunch. Fee is $65 for the first twelve attendees who’s registration is postmarked by October 26th; $95 thereafter.  The workshop will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.  Click here for a registration form.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, workshop leader and grant-writing guru. Her book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, grew out of her acclaimed professional development workshops launched in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Chicago, New York and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences and arts organizations. Visit www.gigirosenberg.com.

2 Workshops: Flash Fiction and Writing the Picture Book

On Saturday, November 5, Mindy Hardwick will lead two writing workshops. Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fee for each is $25. Both workshops will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita. Click here for a registration form.

Writing From Life: Flash Fiction–10 a.m. to Noon

It’s short. It’s fast, and it’s fun. Mindy will lead us through exercises to “mine our memories” for ideas. Then, we’ll take those rich ideas and turn them into pieces of flash fiction. You’ll learn about publishing markets open to Flash Fiction. This is a great workshop for writers wanting to learn more about Flash Fiction, memoir writers looking for new writing ideas, and high school writing teachers looking for new ways to teach writing.

Writing the Picture Book: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Picture books are the most beloved story form of children’s writing. But, how easy is it to write a picture book and how can the knowledge of picture book writing help writers who are working on longer stories? Join Mindy to learn to create a memorable character and how to structure a picture book. The workshop is perfect for writers and educators who want to better understand how to work with and teach the elements of story.

Mindy Hardwick to teach Flash Fiction and The Picture Book

Mindy Hardwick is a published children’s writer and educator. Her middle grade novel, Stained Glass Summer is due out December 2011, and her young adult contemporary romance novel, Weaving Magic, will publish April 2012. Mindy has facilitated a poetry workshop with teens at Denney Youth Juvenile Justice Center for five years. Her flash fiction and narrative non-fiction about the youth has been published with Between the Lines and Glass Cases. Mindy is co-editor of four anthologies, written by the youth, entitled, Call It Courage, I Am From, Because I Wanted to Be Loved, and Please Brave Me, Don’t Cry. Visit Mindy at: www.mindyhardwick.com

Workshop: Fund Your Creative Project

Gigi Rosenberg to teach Funding Your Creative Project on Sunday, November 6th. Photo by Heather Hawksford

Sign up for this workshop before October 24th for a Special Rate!  Click here for a registration form.

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary & Performing Artist

In this hands-on workshop, held on Sunday, November 6th as part of the Dark & Stormy Beach Weekend, artists and writers learn to take a good idea and transform it into a compelling grant proposal. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions and create a budget that makes your application irresistible. Bring any writing you have about yourself or your work, including artist statement, project descriptions, or reviews, if any. Participants will have time to clarify their ideas and receive moderated feedback from the group and direct coaching from the instructor. Open to both experienced and novice grant writers.

Previous workshop participants have gotten grants to do things like:

• build a website

• fly to Europe to attend a conference

• attend an artist’s retreat

• put on a play

• hire a mentor

• take a workshop

• stage a performance installation.

 

The workshop will be held Sunday, November 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring a brown bag for lunch. Fee is $65 for the first twelve attendees who register by October 24th; $95 thereafter.  The workshop will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.  Click here for a registration form.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, workshop leader and grant-writing guru. Her book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, grew out of her acclaimed professional development workshops launched in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Chicago, New York and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences and arts organizations. Visit www.gigirosenberg.com.

 

 

Hoffman Center Awarded $1,500 Grant

The Hoffman Center has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition to fund its Dark & Stormy Book Weekend this year. The funds will help expand the event, first held in 2009. The weekend event — featuring writing workshops and author readings — is designed to leverage the area’s reputation as a haven for writers and bring visitors to the area.

The grant will provide stipends to help recruit authors and experts, as well as additional marketing dollars to promote the event more broadly.

“Playing off one of the most famous opening book lines in history — ‘It was a dark and stormy night’ — and tying that to our obviously dark and stormy winter weather, we stand to attract writers and readers to the coast during our shoulder season,” said Kathie Hightower, co-founder of the Manzanita Writers’ Series. “That can benefit the business community at the same time it affords cultural connection between coastal and urban writers and readers.”

The grant will not cover the whole cost of the program, so additional funding will be sought from local organizations, businesses and individuals. “We will also be looking to work with local businesses to create additional related events and benefits for both visitors and local customers during that weekend,” said Vera Wildauer, Hoffman Center Board member and co-founder of the Manzanita Writers’ Series. “In 2009, several businesses jumped in to be part of the event and we hope to expand that participation this year.”

The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition is responsible for distributing Community Cultural Participation Grant program funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.