Scholarship Established for Local Writer

Summer in Words, an annual writing conference on the Oregon coast is now affiliated with the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. As part of this affiliation, funds are being raised so that Holly , a Hoffman Center instructor, can attend the conference. Additionally, a raffle sponsored by the conference will support the Hoffman Center, including their summer arts camp where Lorincz will be teaching writing to teens.

The amount for her scholarship is $265. If additional funds are raised SIW will also offer Lorincz a manuscript critique by a developmental editor. In addition, raffle items related to writing are being accepted, with a special interest in a local business offering a writer’s retreat lodging on the Oregon coast.

Holly Lorincz grew up on the Columbia River and now lives on the north Oregon coast. She taught high school language arts for 15 years at Neah-Kah-Nie High School while at the same time coaching an award-winning speech and debate team. She was the Oregon Speech Educator of the year in 2007 and has twice received Outstanding Educator awards from the National Federation of High Schools. She helped the speech team grow from zero to forty members in a school with 200 students, achieved three State Championships with seven of her competitors earning individual State Champion trophies, and served on the Oregon Speech & Debate State Committee Board for ten years.

Two years ago, Holly was forced to leave teaching when she contracted mononucleosis. The underlying Epstein Barr Virus has morphed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, leaving her to battle physical and mental fatigue — a language arts specialist with a virus attached to her communications and short-term memory. No longer able to teach, she redefined herself as a novelist. Sometimes able to write only a sentence a day, sometimes a paragraph, but she writes. She dabbles in short story and poetry, loves writing children’s books with her six year old Auggie, and recently finished her first fiction novel, Smart Mouth.

Her website is at

Funds can be sent via PayPal or mailed to Summer in Words, P.O. Box 820141, Portland, OR 97282-1141. Contact Jessica Morrell at 503 287-2150 or for details about the scholarship or raffle. Donors will be included in the Summer in Words written program unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Summer in Words is an annual writing conference held on the Oregon Coast. Chelsea Cain is the keynote speaker joining a group of award-winning and stellar professionals for a weekend that will inspire writers at all levels. The theme for this year’s conference is Refinement, Resonance & Renewal. SIW provides aspiring and established writers the opportunity to hone their writing skills, hear inspiring advice, and network with fellow writers. Cost for all three days is $265.00; single day pricing is also available.

Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. SIW will also feature a raffle with proceeds going to Hoffman Center a facility that provides arts in Manzanita and Write Around Portland, an organization that helps people transform their lives through writing. The conference is located at the Hallmark Inn & Resort located in midtown Cannon Beach overlooking Haystack Rock. Cloud & Leaf Bookstore of Manzanita will be selling books at the event.

Visit any of the instructors’ websites or blogs:

Chelsea Cain

Sage Cohen

Jessica Glenn

Cathy Lamb

Jessica Morrell:

Naseem Rakha

Bruce Holland Rogers

The registration fee of $265 covers tuition for the three-day conference, Friday night’s reception, Saturday lunch and keynote, and light breakfasts each morning. Friday night’s Writer’s Reception and the Saturday lunch and keynote are $25.

About Summer in Words: Founded in 2008 by Jessica Morrell Summer in Words was created to provide writers with an intimate conference experience in an uplifting setting so that attendees are energized, enlightened, and inspired. Jessica Morrell is the author of five books for writers and Voices From the Street which is about homeless people in Portland, Oregon





Poetry Award

Educator Award


Kids Art Show on May 26

Students from Nehalem Elementary School will demonstrate their artistic skills with an end-of-the-school-year show Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the school.

On display will be works created during the kids’ weekly art explorations with the Outside the Box Arts program.

Formerly known as “Art Moms,” Outside the Box Arts was sponsored this school year by the Hoffman Center of Manzanita, using grant funds provided by the Laird Norton Family Foundation, the Juan Young Trust and the Mudd-Nick Foundation.

The grants enabled the program to provide two program leaders – Angelle Soans and Beth Basille – and bring in outside artists to provide specialized instruction.

Hoffman Center Awarded $23K Grant

The Hoffman Center in Manzanita has been awarded a $23,000 grant by the Laird Norton Family Foundation to fund its “Outside the Box Arts” program at Nehalem Elementary School. The program is an expansion and extension of the “Art Moms” program run the past two years by parent volunteers Beth Basile and Angelle Soans, with assistance from other local artists.

 The grant will fund supplies, instruction during weekly art sessions at the school, public showings and displays. At the end of the year, each student will also receive a portfolio of his or her work.

 “The program challenges children to think ‘outside the box’ and to see their world in different and unexpected ways,” said Hoffman Center board member and program developer Annie Naranjo-Rivera. “Hands-on instruction is offered in a variety of media, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, performing arts and creative writing.”

 “We were obviously very pleased to receive this grant. It will allow our community to provide more art experiences for local kids, offering them an early appreciation for creative activities that can last a lifetime,” said Center president David Dillon. “Now, in partnership with Laird Norton, we can do much more — help with oversight, communications with the school, volunteer training, evaluations, feedback and payroll,”

 The Hoffman Center and the Eugene Schmuck Foundation helped buy supplies for the “Art Moms” in the past, and the Mudd-Nick Foundation funded the annual year-end art show/dinner for families, volunteers and Nehalem Elementary students. “Art for kids in our area would not be possible without the numerous supporters, dedicated parents and community volunteers,” added Dillon.

 The grant will not cover the whole cost of the program, so additional financing will be sought from local organizations, businesses and individuals. “We will be approaching a number of these folks to see if they can help round out the ‘Outside the Box Arts’ experience with some additional resources, specifically money,” said Dillon.

 Based in Seattle, the Laird Norton Family Foundation is a private family foundation that makes grants for charitable purposes in the U.S. in areas of Climate Change, Global Fundamentals, Arts in Education, and Watershed Stewardship.

 The Hoffman Center is an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which supports and encourages artistic, cultural and educational activities in north Tillamook County by providing facilities, funding, promotion and other assistance.

Venue Change for April 17 Poetry Workshop

Sage Cohen’s two-part workshop on Saturday, April 17, has been moved to the Center for the Contemplative Arts in Manzanita, which is located at the Underhill Plaza on the corner of Manzanita Avenue and Division.  The workshop will cover the creativity and the business of poetry.
Poetry: From Pen to Page to Published, will run from 1pm to 3:30pm.
Have you always wanted to write a poem, but don’t know how to begin? Are you already writing poetry and want to connect with your muse more often? Spend the first half of this lively workshop to get your poetic juices flowing with a mix of inspiration, craft tips, and exercises.
After a break, get down to the business of poetry. Participants will learn to develop the skills, tools and systems they need to publish their poetry:
How to identify the right publications, contests, prizes and residencies for your poetry.
How to establish a submissions tracking system that keeps you moving forward.
How an online presence can help you get in the public eye, and stay there.
Sage is the author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry (Writers Digest Books, 2009), The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools for Writing More, Stressing Less and Creating Success(Writer’s Digest Books, forthcoming in 2010) and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World.
Sage won first prize in the Ghost Road Press poetry contest, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was awarded a Soapstone residency. She is a columnist for Read Write Poem and publisher of the Writing the Life Poetic Zine.
Sage holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and a BA in comparative literature from Brown University. She teaches, lectures and reads widely at writing conferences, libraries, universities, bookstores, as well as the popular online class “Poetry for the People”. Learn more about Sage and her books at <> . 

The workshop is a program of the Hoffman Center.  Admission fee is $25, $25 for students. Download a registration form at or contact Kathie Hightower, 503-739-1505;

Support the “Speechies” on January 22

Please join the Hoffman Center and Hoffman Center volunteers in supporting our Neahkahnie High School Speech Team. This hard-working creative team is a consistent contest winner, despite having to work outside classroom hours, after school and on weekends, with minimal budget. In order to keep performing, the team needs to raise money for materials, scripts, subscriptions, camp fees, and hotel costs when they travel to compete.

They have heart and deserve our support. So, here’s the plan:

The Center will host a fundraising public-awareness event to demonstrate the talents of the “Speechies” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. Donations will be requested, with a suggested minimum of $10 per person. Refreshments will be served.

The format, agreed to by Speech Coach Holly Lorincz and the students, is as follows:

∙ Impromptu speech (audience selects the topic)

∙ Dramatic Interpretation speech

∙ Duo Interpretation speech

To top off the evening, a Public Forum Debate will have two team members square off with Nehalem Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven and Wheeler Mayor Walt Trandum on a current international topic. The audience will judge the “winner” of the debate.

The real “winners” will be public awareness and support for the Speechies as they move into college, regional and, hopefully, state competitions.

Please join us for an intellectually stimulating evening, and support our local youth. The success of this event rests with you. Spread the word. January 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Ave., Manzanita.