Matt Love Reads from his Latest: The Great Birthright, on March 5th

matt love on the beachMatt Love will read from his latest book, The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 pm, with a writing workshop during the day. The reading is a special event of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

In his fiction debut, Love bends and twists the detective novel genre with hilarious, unexpected and political results. The premise: a Los Angeles developer is trying to privatize Oregon’s publicly-owned beaches, its vaunted “great birthright,” and only one washed-up detective and self published writer can stop him.

“When readers finish this novel,” said Love, “I hope they are ready to go to war to protect our beaches.” Especially to protect them from what Love calls “the New Jersey and Malibufication of Oregon’s beaches: boardwalks, espresso stands, security guards, fences, no dogs, no bonfires, no fort building, NO TRESPASSING signs.”

The Great Birthright includes Love’s call to action for Oregonians to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill on July 7, 2017.

Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.

During the day on Saturday, Love will teach a writing workshop on Getting the Writing Going, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Tuition is $50.

Join Love to experiment with innovative techniques to define an editorial voice for fiction or nonfiction writing and address the barriers that prevent the aspiring writer from getting started. Click here to register.

Following Love’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 “on the beach.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

 

Matt Love to Lead Writing Workshop March 5th

mattloveauthorblackwhitepicGetting Writing Going

Have you wanted to start writing but are unsure how to begin? Do you want to write the story of your life or your family’s for possible publication or private documentation? Do you have a great idea for a novel, script, blog, or column?

Many people aspire to write but can’t get started. This frustration often results in the aspiration disappearing. Don’t let that happen.

Join Matt to experiment with innovative techniques to define an editorial voice for fiction or nonfiction writing and address the barriers that prevent you from starting.

Get the writing going! All you have to do is start. Here’s how.

The workshop runs 10 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Tuition is $50.  Click here to register.

Matt Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. His latest book, The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, is his first fiction novel. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.

Matt Love will read from his fiction debut The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel at 7 pm that evening as a special presentation of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Hoffman Center Presents “Politics of Sand”

sandThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2008 feature-length documentary “Politics of Sand” Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation succeeded, but not without substantial effort.

The film features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past. It was made by Portland-based Anchor Pictures, directed by Tom Olsen, and produced by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

The documentary covers nearly 150 years of history through archival footage, photographs, and interviews, and details the legislative actions taken by Governors Oswald West and Tom McCall. It was written and edited by Matt Love.

The film lasts two hours, and refreshments will be available.

Mark your calendars for The Rain Event

rain flyer3 copyLove it or hate it, rain is coming our way.  Mark your calendars — join us as we celebrate winter precipitation at The Rain Event, January 17th, 2015.

Look at what we have lined up: Matt Love will be here to read from his book, Of Walking in Rain.”  Sedona Fire Band, Fineline,  and Cliff & the Lemmings will perform rain music, including: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Shelter from the Storm, Early Morning Rain, Crying in the Rain, Rhythm of the Falling Rain and Let it Rain. There’s a deluge of rain songs to choose from!

We’ll have other Rainy Day humorous acts for the audience to participate in and enjoy.  The Clay Studio artists will present a 3-D  Rain Art Show.

Between now and Jan. 17th, consider all the ways you describe rain.  If you bring a word (or words) that describes a quality of rain you’ll get $5 off the entry price for the Rain Event.  The Inuit have a long list of ways to describe snow. At The Rain Event we will be collecting words for rain. We all have heard “sideways rain.” What are some other descriptions of the kinds of rain we experience? Put your creative minds to work and bring us your contribution! After the Event, rain words will be posted on the BBQ list and Hoffman Center blog, —a piece to be read at one the Writer’s Series open mics?  Creativity abounds here. Bring it on!

Deadline for North Coast Squid Literary Magazine is Fast Approaching

Deadline for submissions to the second annual North Coast Squid literary magazine is November 30, 2012.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.

The second magazine will publish in February 2013 in time for the February Manzanita Writer’s Series event.    Writing will be accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).

Writing will be selected by outside judges. Erica Baumeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, and Joy for Beginners, will judge fiction entries.  Matt Love, author of Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, and Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel among others, will judge nonfiction. David Beispiel, poet, poetry columnist for the Oregonian, and founder of the Attic Institute in Portland, will judge poetry.

Submissions for consideration are due in November 30, 2012. Writers can submit one piece in each prose category, three pieces for poetry category. Artists may submit three images each for the color cover art, black and white photos or line drawings (scanned and in jpg form.)

For the full submission guidelines go here.    Writers and artists can still find copies of the first Squid available for sale in many coastal retail outlets. 50% of the $2 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help with operational costs that provide programs like the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Book and Film Presentation on November 24

The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host coastal writer Matt Love Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 for a special presentation on his book “Sometimes A Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey And The Filming Of The Great Oregon Novel.” A screening of the film itself will follow.

Admission is $7 and refreshments will be available.

In June 1970, the biggest movie star in the world traveled to the Oregon Coast to film an epic novel about a defiant family of loggers written by a homegrown counterculture hero. The star was Paul Newman. The author was Ken Kesey. The story was “Sometimes a Great Notion” and it has a fanatical following in the Pacific Northwest.

What ensued was a wild working vacation between Hollywood and Oregonians involving beer, sex, scotch, loggers, beaches, and perhaps, a spectacularly vandalized pool table. In his book, author Matt Love documents the legend of that magical summer and presents over a 125 never-before-seen photographs, including many in color.

“I first became interested in the story after Ken Kesey died in 2001, when I heard a remarkable tale from an eyewitness who claimed that during the movie shoot, Paul Newman cut the legs off a pool table with a chain saw in a Toledo bar,” said Love. “I wanted to discover if the story was true. In the course of four years, I interviewed close to a hundred people connected to the filming and collected hundreds of incredibly candid photographs. I think I’ve ended up with a truly fun and poignant narrative about a unprecedented earthy collaboration between Hollywood and a place where they went on location to make a movie.”

Matt Love is the author/editor of eight books about Oregon, including, the best selling “Far Out Story of Vortex I”, “Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology”, and “Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker”.

In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a novel about teaching in a public high school.

 

Judges Announced for the next North Coast Squid

The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are happy to announce the continued collaboration with the North Coast Citizen to publish a second annual literary magazine.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.   The second magazine will publish in February 2013 in time for the February Manzanita Writer’s Series event.

Three outside judges have just agreed to read and judge all submissions. Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, and Joy for Beginners, will judge fiction entries.  Matt Love, author of Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, and Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel among others, will judge nonfiction. David Biespiel, poet, poetry columnist for the Oregonian, and founder of the Attic Institute in Portland, will judge poetry.

“Not too long ago I came across Squid. I read most of it during one sitting and was incredibly impressed with the writing, art and design,” says award-winning author/editor Matt Love.  “I think it’s so important for writers of all ages to see their work in print, and I tip my hat to the folks who run the Manzanita Writers Series. I don’t know of another series that puts forth this kind of effort to see local writers find an audience.”

Writing will be accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).   “This past year, even with a very short turn-around time, over fifty writers submitted 120 pieces,” says Kathie Hightower, one of the cofounders of the Manzanita Writers Series. “We hope to see the numbers of writers submitting work increase this year.”

“We’re also looking for art and photography submissions to accompany literary content for the publication,” adds cofounder Vera Wildauer. Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.

Submissions for consideration are due November 30, 2012. Writers can submit one piece in each prose category, three pieces for poetry category. Artists may submit three images each of black and white photos or line drawings (scanned and in jpg form.)

Click here for the full submission guidelines.

Writers and artists can find copies of the first Squid (cover pictured above) available for sale in many coastal retail outlets. Fifty percent of the $2 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help with operational costs that provide programs like the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Register Now for Matt Love Workshop

August 25 is fast approaching and the workshop is filling up. We will cap it at 15. There are a few slots left so register now.

Award-winning author Matt Love will conduct an all-day “En Plein Air” writing workshop at Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem. Here’s your chance to study with a master, to spend a day that will combine lecture with observation, writing and workshopping your words.

“Constructing metaphors from nature is one of the most empowering creative exercises an aspiring writer can undertake,” says Matt Love. In this unique writing workshop, Oregon Coast author and teacher Love will lead participants through a hands-on, reflective process in the beautiful setting of Alder Creek Farm that will culminate in the creation of a personal metaphor that merges several literary and visual genres.

Matt Love grew up in Oregon City and is the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He is author/editor of many books to include Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, Love & The Green Lady, Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Oregon’s Crown Jewel of Socialism and The Teaching Maxims of Karl Love. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His latest book is Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel.

Love lives in South Beach and teaches English, photography, creative writing and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a novel about teaching high school.

Alder Creek Farm is a 54-acre conservation site preserved as open space by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT). You’ll have a chance to wander the property for your observations, with views of the bay, an estuary, permaculture gardens, lots of wildlife, often a herd of elk.

The workshop will run from 9:30am to 3pm. The fee is $95, $85 for LNCT members, and includes a box lunch from Manzanita’s bread & ocean. There is space for 15 participants. For a registration form, go here, or email Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net or vwildauer@gmail.com

This workshop is a collaboration between the Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust .

 

Every Writer’s a Nature Writer, According to Matt Love

Award-winning author Matt Love will conduct an all-day “En Plein Air” writing workshop at Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem, Oregon on Saturday August 25. Here’s your chance to study with a master, to spend a day that will combine lecture with observation, writing and workshopping your words.“Constructing metaphors from nature is one of the most empowering creative exercises an aspiring writer can undertake,” says Matt Love. In this unique writing workshop, Oregon Coast author and teacher Love will lead participants through a hands-on, reflective process in the beautiful setting of Alder Creek Farm that will culminate in the creation of a personal metaphor that merges several literary and visual genres.

Many of us are familiar with En Plein Air Art Workshops…but how does an En Plein Air Writing Workshop compare? To share more details about the workshop in advance, we interviewed Matt Love. Here are his responses to our questions.

Q: What do you mean about “merging several literary and visual genres?” Will there be more than writing involved?

A: In the workshop, we will write, sketch, color, collect, document, collage, and perhaps even photograph (I’ll bring the cameras). I like fusing image with text and see what results.

Q: What’s the idea for the day …how do you see it flowing?

A: We will practice constructing metaphors from abstract objects, and then turn to nature to build one that helps us make sense of ourselves and our world.

We’ll be moving about the farm, individually, with partners, then regrouping to write and share our discoveries.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for a writer to get out in nature? What can it inspire?

A: Getting into nature has always inspired me to answer every important question I have ever asked. There are no institutions, paradigms, texts, politicians, or rules. You just go into the desert, mountains, forest or beach…and ask. These places answer in a way a city cannot. I’ve lived in big cities and now I live on the Oregon Coast and visit the beach three times a day. I know what I’m talking about.

Q: For writers who don’t necessarily think of themselves as “nature writers” what will they get out of this kind of workshop to inform all of their writing?

A: I consider every writer a nature writer. It is all around us, although many people never notice it. Nature is us. Noticing is the first step and that’s what this workshop is all about.

Q: Why hold this workshop at Alder Creek Farm?

A: Alder Creek Farm is one of the most inspiring places in Oregon. Concerned citizens came together and bought a damaged piece of estuary and restored it to holistic watershed function. It’s the model for so many good things.

Q: For an en plein air writing workshop, should attendees show up with pen and journal…or are laptops okay too?

A: Laptops will work back at the barn, but we’ll be moving across farm so people should bring paper and pen.

Q: How has nature affected your writing and your writing life?

A: It’s all in my book “Gimme Refuge: The Education in Caretaker.” I was lost as a human without connection to the land. I had no voice as a writer. I found the Oregon Coast and publicly owned beaches and everything changed. I don’t hold this out as a model for everyone, but it could work for some.

Q: You mentioned the following in a recent blog. Can you tell us your next project? I will also make a special announcement about my next Oregon literary venture that I’m sure will intrigue many, many Oregonians. A: It involves the legendary two-term Oregon Governor, Tom McCall. His centennial is next March. I’m going to do something that he would have loved.

Alder Creek Farm is a 54-acre conservation site preserved as open space by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT). You’ll have a chance to wander the property for your observations, with views of the bay, an estuary, permaculture gardens, lots of wildlife, often a herd of elk.

The workshop will run from 930am to 3pm. The fee is $95, $85 for LNCT members, and includes a box lunch. There is space for 15 participants. For a registration form, go here, or email Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net or vwildauer@gmail.com.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust .

 

Writers–Save the Date for Writing En Plein Air at the Alder Creek Farm

Matt Love to lead workshop at the Alder Creek Farm on August 25th

Award-winning author Matt Love will conduct an all-day “En Plein Air” writing workshop at Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem. Here’s your chance to study with a master, to spend a day that will combine lecture with observation, writing and workshopping your words.

“Constructing metaphors from nature is one of the most empowering creative exercises an aspiring writer can undertake,” says Matt Love. In this unique writing workshop, Oregon Coast author and teacher Love will lead participants through a hands-on, reflective process in the beautiful setting of Alder Creek Farm that will culminate in the creation of a personal metaphor that merges several literary and visual genres.

Matt Love grew up in Oregon City and is the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He is author/editor of many books to include Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, Love & The Green Lady, Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Oregon’s Crown Jewel of Socialism and The Teaching Maxims of Karl Love. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His latest book is Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel.

Love lives in South Beach and teaches English, photography, creative writing and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a novel about teaching high school.

Alder Creek Farm is a 54-acre conservation site preserved as open space by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT). You’ll have a chance to wander the property for your observations, with views of the bay, an estuary, permaculture gardens, lots of wildlife, often a herd of elk.

The workshop will run from 930am to 3pm. The fee is $95, $85 for LNCT members, and includes a box lunch. There is space for 15 participants. Click here for a registration form,  or email Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net or Vera Wildauer at vwildauer@gmail.com.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust .