Conversation about Death and Dying March 15

images-1

Join us on Tuesday March 15 from 3-5 pm at Hoffman Center for the Arts for a conversation about Death and Dying in an informal round table setting.

There will be facilitation and some suggested topics for the tables but mostly it’s about whatever comes up.
It’s an important and often taboo subject in our culture – one that we were not brought up to examine too closely.  But the so-called Baby Boomers everywhere are calling an end to the silence (even though we can’t dispel much of the mystery.)

Tea, coffee and cookies will be served. Donations appreciated to help pay for the hall.

The conversation is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources.
Contact Lane deMoll, lane@nehalemtel.net,  if you have questions.

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.

Announcing the Writing Lounge

writing lounge logo4

Are you trying to set aside some time to work on a writing project?  Are you looking for inspiration to re-energize your writing?  Would you like feedback on your writing, but are reluctant to join a regular critique group?  You’re invited to join us for a weekly drop-in session at the Hoffman Center.

The Writing Lounge will be open Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center beginning January 29, 2014.  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.

The brain child of new Hoffman Center board members, Marcia Silver and Tela Skinner, the Writing Lounge is open to anyone who’s interested in writing.  “Whether you’re a seasoned author interested in participating in the writing community or someone who just wants to get some memories down on paper, you’ll find a welcoming environment,” said Marcia Silver.  “There’s no commitment necessary—drop in as often, or infrequently, as you like,” added Tela Skinner.  Each session is just $3 for the two and a half hours.

Marcia Silver has a Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from New York University and taught writing at the college/university level specializing in writing support to faculty, students, and staff on an individual basis.  She recently started a business called Your Own Writing Assistant (yourownwritingassistant.com) providing beginning to end support for business, academic and personal writing projects.

Tela Skinner is a long time volunteer with the Manzanita Writers’ Series, and organizer of the Burgess Group, a local writing critique group.  In addition, she is on the editorial team of the North Coast Squid, a journal of local writing.  She also volunteers for the library.

 

Workshop Discount Extended to 10/26

Gigi Rosenberg to teach Funding Your Creative Project. Photo by Heather Hawksford

Get your application postmarked by October 26th for a Special Rate!  Click here for a registration form.

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary & Performing Artist

In this hands-on workshop, held on Sunday, November 6th as part of the Dark & Stormy Beach Weekend, artists and writers learn to take a good idea and transform it into a compelling grant proposal. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions and create a budget that makes your application irresistible. Bring any writing you have about yourself or your work, including artist statement, project descriptions, or reviews, if any. Participants will have time to clarify their ideas and receive moderated feedback from the group and direct coaching from the instructor. Open to both experienced and novice grant writers.

Previous workshop participants have gotten grants to do things like:

• build a website

• fly to Europe to attend a conference

• attend an artist’s retreat

• put on a play

• hire a mentor

• take a workshop

• stage a performance installation.

 

The workshop will be held Sunday, November 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring a brown bag for lunch. Fee is $65 for the first twelve attendees who’s registration is postmarked by October 26th; $95 thereafter.  The workshop will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.  Click here for a registration form.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, workshop leader and grant-writing guru. Her book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, grew out of her acclaimed professional development workshops launched in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Chicago, New York and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences and arts organizations. Visit www.gigirosenberg.com.

Workshop: Fund Your Creative Project

Gigi Rosenberg to teach Funding Your Creative Project on Sunday, November 6th. Photo by Heather Hawksford

Sign up for this workshop before October 24th for a Special Rate!  Click here for a registration form.

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary & Performing Artist

In this hands-on workshop, held on Sunday, November 6th as part of the Dark & Stormy Beach Weekend, artists and writers learn to take a good idea and transform it into a compelling grant proposal. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions and create a budget that makes your application irresistible. Bring any writing you have about yourself or your work, including artist statement, project descriptions, or reviews, if any. Participants will have time to clarify their ideas and receive moderated feedback from the group and direct coaching from the instructor. Open to both experienced and novice grant writers.

Previous workshop participants have gotten grants to do things like:

• build a website

• fly to Europe to attend a conference

• attend an artist’s retreat

• put on a play

• hire a mentor

• take a workshop

• stage a performance installation.

 

The workshop will be held Sunday, November 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring a brown bag for lunch. Fee is $65 for the first twelve attendees who register by October 24th; $95 thereafter.  The workshop will be at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.  Click here for a registration form.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, workshop leader and grant-writing guru. Her book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, grew out of her acclaimed professional development workshops launched in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Chicago, New York and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences and arts organizations. Visit www.gigirosenberg.com.

 

 

Art Library Now Online

The Hoffman Center Reference Library collection is now online for you to browse from your computer.  For directions on how to logon click here.

At this time special arrangements need to be made to visit the library, but with enough interest we may have open hours on a regular basis. Studio artists in the Hoffman house may use the library at any time.

Books are tagged and are searchable by categories, including  Art Education, Art History, Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Ethnic Art, Graphic Arts, Printmaking, etc.

Remember that this is a Reference Library, not a Lending Library, so books may be used in the library or in the foyer of the Hoffman house, but must be returned to the shelf when you are finished with them.

Please email Peggy Biskar for more information