Mindy Halleck to teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” September 17th: CANCELLED

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This class has been CANCELLED.

Author Mindy Halleck will teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10 to 3 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

This workshop is useful for writers working in Novel, Short Story or Memoir.

What is lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects, sometimes called plot-devices, in fiction writing can be over done. However a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. We’ll look at the when, where, and how objects intersect with plot, and how to create more depth in stories. There will be writing exercises, visual presentations, displays, Q & A, handouts, and powerful story discovery worksheets.

Mindy will do a reading from her novel, Return to Sender at the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore after class from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author, and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender – set in the Manzanita Oregon of the 1950s – was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine in 2015, and also won a ‘Readers Favorite’ award. Recently, Halleck won a Writer’s Digest fiction contest with her short story, A Mother’s Confession, which is published in the Nov/Dec 2016 Writer’s Digest Magazine. Halleck blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the writing community. A one-time magazine columnist and travel writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotter currently working on her second novel, Garden of Lies.

Register here by September 10th for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop.  There is a minimum of 8 students for the workshop to happen.  The workshop cost is $50.

Submit to the North Coast Squid March 1 through May 31, 2016

ink the squid button art v3The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. 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.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America and teaches writing at the Attic in Portland.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

For more information about the judges click here.

All work must be submitted electronically here . Or go to the North Coast Squid page and click on the submit button.  Submissions must arrive by midnight on May 31, 2016.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose (fiction and nonfiction) category and three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1,500 words each. All work must be previously unpublished.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

Complete guidelines on format are here.

Manzanita Writers’ Series 2016 Offers Expanded Workshop Line-up

coaster 14Get a mini-MFA in Manzanita, or at least expand your craft.

The 2016 Manzanita Writers’ Series provides an expanded opportunity for local and visiting writers to attend writing workshops taught by experts. No need to drive to Portland or sign up for a long-term college program.

The 2016 series offers a wide variety of writing workshops, from craft to the business side of publishing, from personal essay to humor to poetry to writing outside the box.

February kicks things off with Mining Your Life for Laughs with Bob Balmer on February 6.

Saturday, February 20, you can learn how to Craft a Strong Book Proposal with longtime Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, from 9 to 12. Then dive into craft from 1 to 3 with a workshop on Personal Essay writing with Ellen Urbani.

Do you find yourself talking about writing more than writing? Join Matt Love on March 5 for his workshop titled Getting the Writing Going.

And that’s just the first few workshops.  See all workshops to address issues like:

  • Want to learn how to find the laughter in life and craft it into your writing?
  • Do your personal essays lack attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and kick-ass summations?
  • Does your work need more in-depth observation of the world to translate it onto the page?
  • Do you know how to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale?
  • Do you want to learn to use emotion that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic, to your readers?
  • Do you find it hard to break out of traditional narrative structure to create what you want to say, how you want to say it?
  • You’ll find further details on the workshops offered and the authors leading them there as well. You can easily plan out a year of learning and writing to take your writing to the next level.

For a little added incentive, here are two ways to give yourself deadlines to write to.

1. The next issue of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal will accept submissions from March 1 through May 31.

2. Use our Open Mic opportunity at the end of each featured author reading as another deadline. This year we continue to have a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.

Nicole Hardy to Lead Writing Workshop – Writing Our Personal Stories CLASS FULL

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THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

On Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 p.m., author Nicole Hardy will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide our time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises as we delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on some lessons she learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing creative nonfiction.

The workshop will cover why creative non-fiction is important and similar to or different from writing fiction, and discuss topics that are central to writing personal stories.  Students will also learn essential elements of craft including narrative structure, scene vs. summary, dialogue, characterization, narrative voice, and cultivating vulnerability.

Nicole will also include her best advice on writing & publishing creative non-fiction.

Click here to register for the class.  Tuition is $30.

Nicole is the featured author for the Manzanita Writers’ Series at 7 pm that same Saturday.  She’ll read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.” She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency. Visit her at authorNicoleHardy.com.

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal

ink the squid button art v3Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art and photos will also be solicited for cover art and inside art. Watch for coming detailed submission guidelines.

With submissions possible thru May 31, take advantage of all our upcoming writing workshops to help you submit your best work — workshops on humor, personal essay, poetry, and more!  Click here.  Also we have Writing Lounge every Tuesday from 10:30 to 1pm at the Hoffman Center, with a drop-in fee of $5, where you can get feedback on your writing from fellow writers.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry for the North Coast Squid. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her latest collection, The Conversation, resulted from one poem winning the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition in 2013, which resulted in an Irish publisher bringing out her work in a new book.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America. Benson teaches writing at the Attic in Portland and is currently working on The River Signal, an original radio story written on a paddlewheel riverboat as it floats the Mississippi.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury and was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Oprah.com. Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

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.

Manzanita Writers Series Announces the Featured Authors for 2015

The Manzanita Writers’ Series kicks off its 7th year at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 21.

We’re excited to share an interesting mix of authors and books. Explore different worlds from a historical novel set in a lawless frontier town to an apocalyptic world in the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse. Learn what works and what doesn’t in anti-aging, and what it’s like to ride your bike across America. Step into a darkly humorous memoir and into a stark world where evil and magic collide.

Featured authors for 2015 include: Lauren Kessler Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Antiaging, Feb. 21; Anna Keesey, Little Century, on March 21; Ariel Gore, The End of Eve: A Memoir, May 16; Brian Benson, Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, Sept. 19; Daniel Wilson, Robogenesis, Oct. 17: and Rene Denfield, The Enchanted, November 21.

A number of the authors will also teach workshops during the day.

The admission price for the evening author events will be $7.

This year we’ve added a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write on that topic for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement. See sidebar for information on the themes.

Our annual PoetryFest on April 18 will include morning and afternoon workshops followed by readings at 3:30pm, open to the public.

That same evening we’ll host our North Coast Squid literary magazine launch party, with Open Mic readings from the Squid entries. This is the 4th edition of the Squid.

We’ll have one other special poetry event on Sunday, Sept. 13 as Judith Barrington reads from her fourth poetry collection The Conversation at 2pm.

View the full 2015 Schedule.

New Day and Hours for the Writing Lounge

writing lounge logo tuesdayBeginning in June the Writing Lounge will move to Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 1 pm. 
In addition the format will change:
  • One week we’ll offer a quiet place to write, with a short time at the end to share.
  • On alternating Tuesdays we’ll offer WordPlay. By popular request we’ll offer the group a writing game and prompts. We’ll have a generous amount of time to write followed by interactive sharing.
June 3 —  Quiet Writing
June 10 —  WordPlay
June 17 — Quiet Writing
June 24 — WordPlay
The Writing Lounge was launched in January this year to create a space and time for writing.  The weekly drop-in session costs just $3 for the two and half hours–no commitment necessary.
You’ll find plenty of resources, including books on writing craft, games and tools to help prompt new writing or a new piece for the monthly Open Mic, as well as local writing mentors for feedback on your works in progress. Please join us at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, 594 Laneda Avenue.
Still have questions?  Contact:

Whitney Otto to Lead Writing Workshop on October 19

whitney ottoMemoir/Fiction Workshop:  Is there a difference?

To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, a story is a story is a story.  “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth” and memoirs, by necessity, must use the strategies of narrative to engage the reader, even it means reworking some of the nonessential facts.  (‘Nonessential’ being key.)  In this workshop, students will read the beginnings of fictional and nonfictional pieces and talk about the difference in approach–or if there is a discernible difference.  Why would a writer pen a fictional autobiography instead of a memoir?

Participants will then do a short exercise that can be written as fiction or memoir.  Before the workshop, attendees should think about a story that they enjoy telling, or one that they never tire of hearing.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 19th.  Click here to download and print a registration form.  Tuition for the workshop is $50.

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.