Carolyn Wood, author of Tough Girl, will discuss Aging Adventures

Carolyn Wood, author of Tough Girl:
An Olympian’s Journey will discuss Aging Adventures: Overcoming Obstacles
Tuesday, August 8 | 3 to 5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admittance fee is $5 

 

Carolyn will read from her book Tough Girl and lead a discussion about aging adventures, going for new (or old) dreams and creating a practice that supports those dreams.

Carolyn will share thoughts about aging, readings from her journals along the Camino related to aging, “coming to terms with being alone and being frightened of being alone.” She’ll raise ideas of the value of “practice,” what we choose to practice we get good at. What are you choosing?

Carolyn will share a short writing prompt for participants to write down their own dreams of activities/trips they still want to pursue.

Carolyn Wood is living a life worth reading about.  An Olympic swimming champion at age 14 and a slowly emerging gay person in an earlier, less understanding era, she has been resolutely the “Tough Girl” of her book title.  Beautifully written, the book artfully weaves her life story around the tale of her long walk on the Camino de Santiago, an effort to understand and accept the end of a decades-long marriage.   This memoir could easily become a favorite of  American literature teachers and their students.    —George Vogt, Retired Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society

A life long Oregonian, Carolyn grew up in southwest Portland and attended Beaverton High School.  In the summer of her freshman year she competed and won a gold medal in swimming at the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome.  She raced nationally and internationally for three more years before attending the University of Oregon.

After graduation in 1967, Carolyn began a thirty-five year career teaching high school English, first at her alma mater, then at Lake Oswego, Glencoe and Wilson high schools.  During that time she earned a Masters of Social Work and an MS Education from Portland State University.  A fellow of the Oregon Writing Project, Carolyn wrote with her students over the years, attended writing workshops and retreats, published a poem here and an essay there and promised herself that someday she’d “pull those writings together and tell her story.”  In 2010 she began to write TOUGH GIRL: An Olympian’s Journey, her first book.

Even though Carolyn remains deeply rooted in Oregon, life’s journeys have taken her far:  working as governess for the Robert Kennedy family the year after the senator’s murder, backpacking throughout the Oregon and Washington Cascades, exploring Europe, Africa, India and Asia, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekking in the Himalayas and Alps, walking a thousand miles across France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago.  Volunteer work after retirement with Habitat for Humanity International, Medical Teams Northwest (Mexico), Wilderness Volunteers, and Coffee Creek Corrections have furthered her education.  These days her explorations include yoga and meditation as well as gardening and bee keeping.

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 Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com

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

 

Authors and Participants Read Their Work on Saturday, June 3rd

Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge will read from Love Water Memory, and Megan Kruse will read from Call Me Home at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, June 3, 2017

As part of the first Manzanita Writers’ Retreat this weekend, the two author instructors will read from their latest books, and retreat participants will read at Open Mic. The event is open to the public at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday June 3.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into many languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks.

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home was released from Hawthorne Books, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.

Following the author readings and Q&A in the evening, the Open Mic will feature participants from the weekend writers retreat and/or from a recent month-long HoffOnline Writing Course. 

Admission for the evening reading is $7.

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 further information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Jonathan White Shares His Book Tides

Jonathan White will read from his book Tides:
The Science and Spirit of the Ocean 

Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 7pm

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, surfer and marine conservationist Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide.  He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?  He thought he’d learn enough from a book or two, but the subject turned out to be far more complex, fascinating and poetic than he imagined.  Two books turned into three hundred — and ten years of research criss-crossing the seven seas to view the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world.

His book mixes science, history, ocean lore and literary travel writing. He fills you in on various cultures’ ancient myths about the tides and scientists’ gradual discovery of what triggers tides’ rise and fall. He touches on rising sea levels triggered by climate change, the latest efforts to tap tidal energy for our electrical power needs, and more.

White has written for the Christian Science MonitorSierraThe SunSurfer’s JournalOrion, and other publications.  He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State. He has served on numerous conservation boards  and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, he spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the sixty-five-foot schooner, with subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography. James Hillman, Lynn Margulis, Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, Art Wolfe, and William Stafford were among the many who taught aboard Crusader.  Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences.

                        “When I first received this book for a review I thought I would learn some neat facts for impressing people on trivia night. I was ready to learn, but I wasn’t ready to feel. Tides is poetry, prose, and practical science intertwined with incredible skill.” – BlogCritic

“White makes gnarly subtleties lucid, and has a sense of humor when confronted
with the technicalities of his subject.” – Michael Upchurch,the Oregonian

During the day Saturday, from 1-3, White will teach a workshop on Research and Writing: A Balance. How much research is too much?  Too little?   Discussion topics include how to conduct interviews, travel, note-taking, recordings, the role of patience and luck, and how to organize and manage research materials while writing. This will be useful whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

 
Following White’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 “Not Your Usual Ocean Story.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. This event may well sell out, so come early. Doors open at 6:30.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more information contact Kathie Hightower ~ kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Help Us Bring the Arts to Life: Donate Today!

More than ever, the arts play an important role in our community!

“I often tell my friends and former colleagues—from all over the country—that one of the best reasons to visit or live in Manzanita and the surrounding villages, is the fact that there’s a community art center here that is integral to the very spirit of the North OR Coast. The Hoffman Center is an ideal place to explore one’s creativity and make deep connections with others.”
~ Kathryn Stock, Nike Retiree & Manzanita resident

All of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts are committed to providing an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.  Along with the many dedicated volunteers, we need your help to make that happen. 

More Programming than Ever
This year we’ve grown our programs, adding more classes and opportunities for people to participate in the arts. We are delighted to reach locals who enjoy frequent working sessions in the Clay Studio, as well visitors who come to the area for a writing or art retreat as a creative respite from their busy lives. Here are some notable accomplishments this year:

·     Added Clay Studio classes in techniques for beginners and experts; increasing the number of visitors along with the volume of visits per person and collaborative work on projects such as the totem installation in the Hoffman Garden

·     Increased visual arts classes in sketching and drawing, watercolor, encaustic, and more

·     Added more workshops as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series and increased the size of our North Coast Squid literary journal

·     Introduced a new community-driven discussion series:  The Art of Aging & The Art of Dying

·     Expanded our art shows—including a new Quilt & Fiber Arts Show and the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit—and began offering Open Gallery hours on Fridays

Continuing the Momentum:  2017 & Beyond
With your help
, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community. We’ll also continue to strengthen the organization by adding talent to our board and operating committees, further improving processes, and managing our finances with a goal to accelerate paying down our mortgage.

To be successful going forward, we need you to be a part of this important work.. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month or a one-time donation, every contribution ensures our continued high-quality programming and gets us closer to our long-term goals.

Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-3846 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation with a member of our Board.

Manzanita Writers’ Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the 2017 Schedule, entering its 9th year of programming.

We’ll kick off the year on February 18 with Arthur Bradford reading from Turtle Face and Beyond. Other authors include Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is, Jonathan White, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Pauls Toutonghi, Dog Gone, Diana Abu-Jaber, Life Without a Recipe, and Ingrid Thoft, Duplicity.

All of the authors will teach writing workshops during the day. Topics range widely, from Mastering Murder, to Culinary Memoir, to What Writers Can Learn from South Park. Check back soon for workshop details, schedule and registration information .

Also, watch for information on another new workshop option. We’ll be running two online writing workshops during May that culminate in a weekend retreat at the coast to meet your teacher and fellow students, to further workshop and then read from the work created during the online course.

After the success and great response to last year’s weekend format for PoetryFest, we’ll again host a full weekend of events on April 1 and 2,  with Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will host a number of added special events for 2017.

On April 15, John Sibley Williams will conduct a workshop on Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks and books of short stories or essays.

On July 29, Liz Prato, Author of Baby’s On Fire, will conduct the workshop Writing Outside the Box, which had to be cancelled in 2016 due to inclement weather.

The admission price for author events will be $7. Workshop fees vary by workshop so check back soon for details and registration.

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.  Themes will be announced in advance of each event.

 

Submit Your One-Act Play:  Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging (guidelines below). The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Anyone interested in participating in the Reader’s Theater contact Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

The judges:

Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Gail Balden is the author of The Coaster Theatre—A Dream Realized, a twenty-year history of the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach, and A Place to Play, a humorous tale of backstage life at the Coaster Theater that appeared in Oregon 150, a collection of stories by Oregon State University on the state’s 150 birthday in 2009.  After adapting Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol for the Coaster stage in the 1990’s, she went on to direct and star in numerous stage plays at the Coaster for fifteen years.

She is director of Creative Journeys, a writing institute originated on the Oregon Coast, and teaches writing classes and retreats in Oregon, Arizona, and Michigan.

 

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

Note: if you’d like a detailed handout on One-Act Play writing please send a request to Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

  1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

  1. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.
  2. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.
  3. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on Friday, June 9 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

4f7a9b905a1bc2d6c97e5c8f0157ee9d_fullIt’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.
Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players, NCRD Center for Performing Arts and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three-days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts in nearby Nehalem. Admission is $15. At 7:30 in Manzanita the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 at the door.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

“Taking Your Mystery Recycling” is the theme of an all-day free event at CART’M from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while NCRD, by popular demand, is host to a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with prizes and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Cat Winters will read from her new novel ~ Yesternight

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Manzanita, Oregon

Yesternight is Winters’ second adult novel, recently released October 4, 2016. Set in 1925 in the “rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon,” the novel involves reincarnation and madness as well as issues of a professional woman stifled by the conventions of her time.

“Winters follows The Uninvited with another gripping historical novel, this one an exploration of the effects of suppressed trauma and desire. Winters unveils the unspoken complexities of humankind in this well-written tale that is suspenseful in all the right places, and will keep readers guessing at every page.”  — Booklist

“Yesternight is a story that is unassumingly haunting.”  —Kirkus

Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of YA and adult fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her adult novels are The Uninvited and Yesternight. Her young adult works include In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny Way, and the forthcoming Odd & True. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and “best of” lists.

Winters will lead a writing workshop during the day from 1 to 330 pm titled Writing Scary.

 Learn how to make your readers’ hearts race with fear, whether you’re a writer of horror or you simply want to write a chilling scene. Through lectures, group discussions, and a variety of exercises, Winters will share her favorite tools for producing writing that’s evocative and spooky.

Tuition is $30. Register here.

Following Winters’ 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 “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Both events are part of the second annual Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita, in collaboration with the North Tillamook Library.

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

Writers’ Series Features Liz Prato Reading from Baby’s On Fire CANCELLED

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EVENT AND WORKSHOP CANCELLED DUE TO STORM EXPECTED ON SATURDAY.

Liz Prato will read from her short story collection, Baby’s On Fire, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

“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

Liz’s 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.

Prato will lead a writing workshop during the day from 1 to 3 pm:

Writing Outside the Box (Lecture, & 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 $30. Register online here.

Following Prato’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 “Characters.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.