Ingrid Thoft to Read from Duplicity

 

Ingrid Thoft will read from her latest book, Duplicity
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Doors open 6:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $7

Duplicity is the fourth in Thoft’s series with Boston-based P.I. Fina Ludlow.

Thoft’s first book Loyalty sold to rave reviews. Her second in the series Brutality was awarded the Shamus Award for best P.I. novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. The Fina Ludlow books are now “in development” for a TV series on ABC. The Boston-based investigator has been compared to V.I. Warshawski, and Kinsey Milhone, even Lisbeth Salander.

“Thoft is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky
protagonist’s the equal of any male gumshoe.”
—Kirkus

Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Although always wanting to be an author, her first real-life job was at a radio station in coastal Massachusetts, ripping wires and running the board for a Sunday talk show. She’s worked in human resources at Harvard, and did a stint with an interactive software company.

She wrote two novels about an amateur sleuth that did not sell. When she decided an amateur sleuth character led to limitations, she decided to focus on a professional Private Investigator instead. In order to create a believable P.I. character, she enrolled in the Private Investigation certificate program at the University of Washington.  Thoft lives in Seattle with her husband.

Following Thoft’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Mystery and Murder.”

Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Tuition is $40

Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery?  We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript.  How do you craft a suspenseful plot?  Create memorable characters?  Make it realistic?  Write from the viewpoint of an assassin? And knock your readers dead?  Join Ingrid and find out!

Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Emergency Preparedness presentation
Art of Aging/of Dying
November 14 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $5

How prepared are you personally for local emergencies large or small in our town?

Come hear Emergency Volunteer Corp members Margaret Steele, M.D. and Linda Cook help us learn how to become better prepared for all types of emergencies.

They will discuss common emergencies such as short-term power outages, floods, trees down, as well as major emergencies like tornados and earthquake/tsunami as well as medical emergencies. Having seen the people affected by the recent floods, hurricanes and fires, this information is particularly timely.

Dr. Steele will help us understand medical aspects of emergency preparedness, including stockpiling at least 30 days of your medications, and how to personalize a First Aid Kit.

She will discuss basic health information, including important symptoms not to ignore, when to call 911, when to go to the ER or Urgent Care, and when to wait for a routine appointment with your doctor.

Linda Cook will show two examples of Go Bags and discuss how to supplement what you already have or to start new. She will also make suggestions as to what to have in needed supplies for Shelter in Place for longer-term emergencies.

They will be here to answer all your questions so that you will be able to leave feeling more empowered by learning what you need to do before the emergencies happen.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop
Saturday, November 4 | 10am to 4pm
Instructor: Jeanine Rumble
Tuition: $40 (all materials included)
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue

Explore the fun, versatile and inexpensive possibilities of needle felting. In this workshop, you will learn to shape fluffy wool into people, animals or the object of your choice– perfect for holiday decorations and gifts.

Instructor, artist Jeanine Rumble, is a Manzanita resident proficient in weaving, spinning and needle felt sculpture.

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Diana Abu-Jaber will read from her latest book ~ Life Without a Recipe 

Diana Abu-Jaber reading: Life Without a Recipe
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 | 7pm | Doors open at 6:30
Admission for the evening reading is $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita | 594 Laneda Avenue

Abu-Jaber’s new culinary memoir, Life Without A Recipe, has been described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Ruth Reichl calls it “bold and luscious” and “indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path.”

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Her novels and a previous memoir have won numerous awards, including the Arab-American National Book Award, the PEN Center Award for Literary fiction, the American Book Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book award for Literary Fiction. Her books have been included in many “top books of the year” lists by National Public Radio, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Oregonian and others.

Diana teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and divides her time between South Florida and Portland, Oregon.

Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir
Abu-Jaber will teach a writing workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10-12:30
Tuition is $40

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

 
Tell me what you eat, said Brillat-Savarin, and I shall tell you what you are. Lives are filled with stories and plots but none is juicier than the one told with food. Culinary memoirs are wildly popular, taking readers beyond memory into the senses—especially the deep pleasures of the appetite.  Food sharpens the focus, introduces universal themes, and endows writing with imaginative, emotional, and physical layers of complexity.

This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

There will be writing prompts, exercises, discussions, and food. We’ll be tasting and thinking and comparing notes, considering all the ways that our connections to eating give rise to remembering and inspiration. Come and see what you cook up. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, a sense of play and a sense of humor.

Following Abu-Jaber’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Food Memories.“

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

The Manzanita Writers’ Series Launches Two Online Courses

Publishing Your Chapbook
Visibility & Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book
Developed by John Sibley Williams
Tuition $49 for each course

The Manzanita Writers’ Series and Hoff Online launch two new writing workshops, evergreen courses that you can take at your own pace on your schedule. Register with the Enroll Now buttons below.


We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams created this hands-on workshop to explore the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook.

For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.



With over 800 books per day published in the US alone, publicity for small press books has never been more necessary… and more difficult.

As an editor, literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press, John Sibley Williams has learned all of this firsthand. In this course, he provides the expertise to help authors take on these obstacles.

The goal of “Visibility and Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book” is to provide writers of all genres with the necessary tools, money-saving techniques, and networking skills to market their books with maximum effectiveness.


John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

Join Your Fellow Writers in a Writing Lab to Better Polish Your Submission to the 6th Annual North Coast Squid Literary Journal Sunday, October 8


Sunday | October 8
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Workshop fee $10

Join fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Sunday, October 8. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing. It will be a full session of learning for all of us, when your piece is being critiqued as well as when others are being critiqued. The session will be facilitated and timed so everyone gets equal attention and time.

“One misconception about workshops is the you learn the most about how to be a better writer on the day your story is discussed – not true. …It’s when someone else has their turn at bat that you actually get to see what is going on; the view is always clearer without all those emotional defenses in the way.”
— Ann Patchett, from the essay “The Getaway Car,” from the collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Please bring $10 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction). RSVP by emailing northcoastsquid@gmail.com. Space is limited.

All Squid submissions are due by midnight October 31, so this session will allow you editing/polishing time. Work must be submitted electronically via the ‘submit’ button at hoffmanblog.org.

Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category (ages 18 and under).

All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art, with final art chosen by a committee.

The North Coast Squid, a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Writers Series, showcases the work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. The next issue will be published in March 2018.

If you are looking for inspiration and examples, copies of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal are still available for sale at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso and other local retail stores. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

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Texture and Pigments Class

Texture and Pigments Class
September 20 | Wednesday | 10am – 4pm
Stephanie Burton instructor

 

Stephanie has her own studio in Vancouver, has taught ceramics for over 15 years, and is a regular instructor for Georgies in Portland.  She is education committee chair for the Oregon Potters Association.

 

 

 The cost is $60 for instruction, clay and access to all the
tools needed. Space is limited to 12 students.  This class
does not require clay experience but is best for those with some practice.
Sign up online using the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your $60 check for “Texture and
Pigments” to P.O.Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon.

 

 

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Beautiful Bowls Class

CLASS IS FULL!

Beautiful Bowls Class
Friday, September 1 | 10am – 4pm
Diana Crain instructor

A bowl is not just a bowl as any potter who has struggled to make the perfect bowl can tell you!

Expert potter and artist Diana Crain will help participants take their bowls from clunky to elegant in either throwing or handbuilding. Various surface decoration techniques will also be demonstrated.

The cost is $40 for 6 hours of instruction, clay and access to all the tools needed. Space is limited to 9 students. This class is for those experienced in clay and wanting to take their work to the next level.

Sign up online via the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your $40 check for “Bowls” to PO Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon.

Liz Prato ~ Writing Outside the Box Workshop

Liz Prato
Writing Outside the Box
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 1-3 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4 pm
Cloud and Leaf Bookstore

 

The workshop, Writing Outside the Box will include Lecture and Guided Writing.

Let your creativity have free rein and write outside traditional prose structure! All stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure. In this class, we’ll break out of the standard narrative box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story. Tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Prato will read from “baby’s on fire” a collection of short stories at 4pm Saturday, at Cloud & Leaf
bookstore in Manzanita.

Prato is author of “baby’s on fire,” a collection of short stories. Her short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher, and edited the fiction anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River.

Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, 1st place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest, four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations throughout Oregon.

Praise for Prato’s book

     “The stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know.
A knockout collection.” 
Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

Liz Prato’s characters blaze with humanity, sensuality, and hope. Her writing glitters and her stories push us to the edge: Prato rubs her people together until they spark, in a book that throbs with heart—and grips our own.”
—Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com


Monoprinting

Wednesday and Thursday | August 30-31, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
Diana Crain, Instructor
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Visiting California Artist Diana Crain will conduct a Monoprinting workshop where participants learn to create an image on a slab of clay through the use of slips, stenciling, and transfers.  Colorants are applied and the image is then “printed” onto artist paper.

A spontaneous and approachable medium – anyone can create an exciting work and take it home with them after the workshop!

No experience is necessary for this class 

The cost is $80 for 12 hours of instruction, clay and access to all the tools needed.  A $15 materials fee will be due the instructor on the first day of class. Space is limited to 12 students.

Sign up online by using the Add To Cart button below or by mailing your $80 check for “Monoprinting” to P.O.Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon.

For more about our talented guest instructor, see this link for more information

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com