Publishing Your Chapbook

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The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

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.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring 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.

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.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40

Register online by using the Add to Cart button below.

Art of Dying: Readings on January 24, 2017

Join the Art of Dying Conversation on Tuesday, January 24th from 3 to 5 pm to consider readings about death and daying.
We invite you to bring short (10 minutes or less) written pieces – prose or poetry – about aging, death, dying  to read aloud to the group. Or just come, listen and discuss. Original work about your own experiences and other writers’ work will be included.
The conversation we will share around the pieces promises to be as moving, heartfelt and healing as all our events have been to date. Questions? Contact Lane deMoll at lane@nehalemtel.net.

5th Edition North Coast Squid Literary Journal is available up and down the coast

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The journal showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

Expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

Great gift idea for the holidays and now available at the following outlets for $7 each:

 

 

Astoria:
The Blue Scorcher
Lucy’s Books

Seaside:
Beach Books

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Books
Jupiter’s Books

Manzanita:
Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
Manzanita News & Espresso

Nehalem:
The Beehive

Wheeler:
The Roost

Tillamook:
The Pioneer Museum

Launch Party for 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid on October 8

squid-5-coverManzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid literary journal at 7 pm on Saturday, October 8. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Seventy-seven writers submitted 160 pieces. Thirty-eight submissions were chosen by outside judges. Judith Barrington judged poetry, Cari Luna judged fiction and Brian Benson judged non-fiction.

The category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and previously advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

The expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2016/2017.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

For further information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

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Hoffapalooza set for Saturday, September 3rd

hoffa poster final final vw Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate its 12th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 at the Center.

Come out for a tour, talk to volunteers involved in the various activities, both long-running and new. Representatives will be available at information displays to answer questions you have about programs: Film Series, Manzanita Writers’ Series, the North Coast Squid Literary Journal, Clay Studio, Music Events, and The Art of Aging, Art of Dying Series.

Hoffapalooza will include an art show by Clay Studio Artists, and displays from the Word & Image event, Film Series, and art by students who have taken visual arts classes held at the Center during the past year. You’ll also get to watch artists demonstrate their craft.

Step into the Clay Studio for more demonstrations. In the Writing Lounge area, try your hand at “On-the-Spot-Poetry,” magnetic poetry, to be published. All magnetic poetry will be photographed and included in a book for sale as a fundraiser.

Refreshments and cold beverages will be served at the open house.

Leading up to September 3, raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be on sale every Friday from 5 to 8, in front of Polaris Art Gallery, on Laneda near the Farmer’s Market, as well as at HCA events. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day on September 3d as well.

Prizes include:

•   2 entrees at Blackbird  ($60 value)
•   Inn at Manzanita – one night’s stay
•   Spindrift Motel – one night’s stay
•   Cloud and Leaf – gift certificate for $50
•   El Trio Loco – gift certificate for $ 30
•   Admission for the “Season” of Manzanita Writers’ Series ($42 value)
•   Silk Scarf from Syzygy
•   Souvenir Book from Manzanita News & Espresso
•   Handmade Vase from Finnestere ($495 value)
• $50 Gift Certificate to San Dune Pub (x2)
• $25 Gift Certificate to Bread & Ocean (x2)
• $30 Gift Certificate at Manzanita Lumber
• $50 Gift Certificate at Angelina
• $50 Gift Certificate at Spa Manzanita (x2)
• Allan Olson’s bowl ($40 value)
• Gift Bag of items from T-Spot

and more prizes are added every week! Check out the Silent Auction September 3rd. You’ll have a chance to bid on a fun creativity experience for you and a group of friends, from a wheel/handbuilding class in the Clay Studio to a Writing Workshop to a Botanical Drawing Art Workshop, to a Washboard Music Class.

The raffle drawing and silent auction winners will be announced throughout the Hoffapalooza event. You do not need to be present to win.

Save the date! Stop by and find out what’s new at HCA: Sat. Sept 3rd, 1 to 4PM for Hoffapalooza.

Story Time for Grown Ups Returns on May 5th

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m.  Called “One Never Knows, Do One?”, she will share stories and poems about surprise, wonder and the unexpected.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups three times before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas,  and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance.  She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

 

Word & Image Opens for Submissions on April 1st

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Submissions are open April 1 through May 1, 2016 for Word & Image, a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita which will pair artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s. Click here to submit your work.

Word & Image will offer up to 12 selected artists and writers a unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.”

“We piloted this project last summer,” Ransdell explained.  “Writing in response to art has been popular for centuries — we thought it would be fun for artists to have their turn as well, creating art in response to writing.”

Co-organizer DeWit added,  “It turned out to be a great experience for the participants. Unlike a more typical themed show, the concept of response art and writing enabled each participant to both showcase their own personal style and to connect with others through interpreting each other’s work. People explored new mediums and methods with wonderful results.”

Ransdell said that the project began as a spin-off of the Hoffman’s weekly Writer’s Lounge, where writers are invited to create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in work that surprises the authors themselves.  Last summer’s call for submissions to Word and Image was so successful that Ransdell and DeWit will be jurying the entries this year via a blind submission process.

“By limiting participants to 12 writers and artists, we can make sure we give all the participants the space and time for their work to be represented well,” DeWit said. “And we want the community participation to be as broad and diverse as possible.  There is so much talent in our area.”

Here’s a sample of one of last year’s favorites:  Debra Simmons submitted her poem “Good Intentions” and Karen Gale painted “Sunday Dinner” in response.

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The Hoffman Center’s Word and Image project is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through May 1, 2016.  Selected artists and writers will be paired at a kick-off gathering on June 4, with the resulting new work for the Word and Image exhibit due from each artist and writer by July 25.  An opening reception and reading will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on August 20.   Review detailed submission guidelines here.

Participants will be selected by a Hoffman Center team, led by Ransdell and DeWit. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing.  A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland.  She divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, Wa.

DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.  She is also a published author, with three books in publication and is the subject of a documentary, “Wetlands: Seasons of Mind” about her painting and its relationship with the natural world.  Currently she exhibits with Whitebird Gallery in Cannon Beach and Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Carl Vandervoort, in Wheeler.

This project is supported in part by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.

 

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.

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.