Author Deborah Reed will lead a weekly Novel-Writing Group

Deborah Reed ~ 10-week novel-writing group
Starting March 21
Fee $350
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

Is that novel you’ve talked about forever still sitting back burner or hidden in a drawer? Are you well along in the process but stuck, not really sure how to proceed? Or do you have a lot of bits and pieces started without a clue of how to move forward?

Now the author of seven novels, Deborah Reed still remembers those feelings, of wanting to write a novel, of working on one, but not really working smart. She helps writers move forward more effectively.

Reed will offer a ten-week novel writing workshop, beginning March 21, 2018. The class will meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Interested writers will need to apply.

Please submit a writing sample of no more than ten pages to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net by February 25th. No more than ten people will be accepted, so please apply early.

This workshop will cover the importance of effective structure, rhythm, pacing, and texture, with an emphasis on finding your book through exploring voice, viewpoint, and characterization. We will also cover the more elusive and finer sensibilities of depth, meaning, theme, and nuance where the emotional ties of a novel pull the reader in, keep her turning the page, and cause her senses to resonate with its worth long after the final page has been turned.

Most importantly, each student will be guided according to his or her own vision and needs. You will be provided with instructor feedback on submitted workshopped pages, including a summarized statement, as well as written feedback on your pages from fellow writers. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit pages twice, at a minimum, during the ten weeks, depending on the size of the group.

Deborah is the author of four literary novels, most recently, The Days When Birds Come Back, published January, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her other novels include Olivay, a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; Things We Set on Fire, which sold over 100K copies in the first six months; and Carry Yourself Back to Me, an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe.

She lives on the coast of Oregon.

The cost of the workshop is $350 per person. Your acceptance email will include detailed information on registration and requirements including one pre-first class assignment for the course (a one-page synopsis of your novel.)

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

 

Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage

Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop
Astoria artist Patti Breidenbach
Saturday, February 3 | 10am–4pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” workshop Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Led by Astoria artist Patti Breidenbach, a former junior high and high school art teacher, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning to professional artists are welcome.

Tuition for the workshop will be $80, plus a $20 materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” will focus on creating art using paint, collage, stenciling and fabric. Participants will be able to apply these methods and techniques to future works of art. Students will leave with a finished 8×8 piece of art.

“The goals are to introduce another way to interpret personal thoughts and personal environment while lifting the perceived limitations of materials,” said Breidenbach.

“Ergo the freedom of feeling there is no wrong way,” she added.

Although all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring any materials that they want to use such as their own acrylic paints, brushes, stencils, or fabric.

Breidenbach, who has a BFA in Jewelry Design, is also a certified high school teacher. She is the former Executive Director of the Granville Arts Council in Oxford, North Carolina. She enjoys teaching oils, watercolor, ceramics, drawing, paper making and book binding, and basket weaving.

Breidenbach says “Art is very personal. What you see on the canvas is the soul of the artist. Reflections on crazy current events have led me to a lighter and somewhat whimsical interpretation of my world. That, or stick my head in the sand!”

Register online by clicking on the Add To Cart button below. Deadline for registration will be Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Questions about the “Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” can be addressed to Breidenbach at pattiannb123@yahoo.com.  A sampling of her art can be found at http://www.astoriavisualarts.org/patti-breidenbach.html

 

Botanical Drawing Workshop

Botanical Drawing Workshop
Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Feb. 10 | 1:00 to 4:00pm
Apr. 28 | Aug. 25 | Oct. 20 | Dec. 1
noon to 4:00pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer five Botanical Drawing classes throughout 2018, starting Saturday February 10. The first workshop will be Botanical Sketchbook, followed by spring, summer, fall and winter sessions.

Led by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, the series of workshops will focus on drawing from nature while being inspired by changing seasons.  The workshops can be taken independently or as a series. Each workshop will have a different seasonal focus while emphasizing sketching from observation. Students will experiment with new techniques, study botanical accuracy and the learn the importance of self-expression. The series is designed for students 18 and up, and all skill levels are welcome.

The first workshop will focus on keeping a botanical sketchbook. In this workshop, students will engage in creative, meditative, and structured exercises to dive into this practice. In this foundation class, students will learn sketching, measuring, tonal/shading, application, color blending and layering, and composition ideas. Using pen, graphite and color pencils for sketching and combining and adding text will give students the tools to embrace their personal style and use a sketchbook to record their botanical journey. By the end of the first class, students will complete several entries in their sketchbooks and will walk away with ideas on how to continue throughout the year.

Tuition is $45 per session, or $150.00 for all five sessions ($30/per session). Choose the number of sessions from the drop down menu below and then click on the Add to Cart button.

Class Options

Classes will be held February 10, from 1:00 to 4:00pm; and April 28, August 25, October 20, and December 1, from Noon to 4:00pm.

Haber-Lehigh’s art and teaching explore the ephemeral beauty of nature, magic of native plants and human connection with plants. She holds degrees in Art, Indigenous Studies, Spanish and Education. She authored two ethnobotanical coloring books. Her workshops are engaging, inclusive and fun. They are designed for all levels and abilities. She is currently working on a Diploma in Botanical Illustration through the Society of Botanical Artists in London. She has taught students whose age ranged from 10 to 90+, and of all artistic abilities in public schools, community colleges and art centers.

Supplies: Bring a sketchbook, graphite pencil (H or F), Pigma Micron 01 black pen, kneaded eraser, and a set of artist quality color pencils. Haber-Lehigh will have available for purchase: Tombow graphite pencil H – $1.25; Pigma Micron 01 black pen – $2.75; Strathmore sketchbook 6” x 8” – $5; Kneaded eraser – $1.

Haber-Lehigh’s website is www.dorotahaberlehigh.com, and she can be contacted at dorota@iinet.com

Sketchbook Class is Back in January 2018

Living the Sketchy Life is back!

Instructor: Renee L. Delight
Fridays ~ January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018 | 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuition is $80 4 classes | $75 any 3 | $50 any 2
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

 

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a four-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in January 2018 for adults—beginners to experienced.

Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Tuition is $80 for four classes, $75 for any three, and $50 for any two

Choose your Class Option in the dropdown box below (4 classes, 3 classes or 2 classes) and then click on the add to cart button. Or send a check to Hoffman Center for the Arts PO Box 678 | Manzanita, OR 97130 with Living the Sketchy Life in the memo line.

Class Options

As before, the class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving—all through the enjoyable use of a sketchbook. It will also encourage and develop a very deep and joyful way of engaging in the world around us. All sketching, and drawing will be done from life and all skill levels welcome.

Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on the beaches along the north Oregon coast. Her work has been featured in several arts shows both locally and in Portland, OR. She currently lives and gardens in Nehalem, Oregon.

Materials List: (Salt and Paper or Free Hand in Manzanita; Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria; or online at http://www.dikblick.com or http://www.jerrysartarama.com.)

  • Sketchbook: 5”x8.5” is recommended, but no larger than 9”x12”. Strathmore’s Mixed Media sketchbook is suggested.
  • Drawing Pencils: Staedtler Mars Lumograph HB and 2B pencils. At least one of each.
  • Small kneaded eraser.

Optional materials:  watercolor pencils; brush pen or water pen such as Niji brand, (there are several brands, and any will do); and any other drawing mediums that students want to try.

Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at r.l.delightfineart@gmail.com. Her website is www.rldelight.com

Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Emergency Preparedness presentation
Art of Aging/of Dying
November 14 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $5

How prepared are you personally for local emergencies large or small in our town?

Come hear Emergency Volunteer Corp members Margaret Steele, M.D. and Linda Cook help us learn how to become better prepared for all types of emergencies.

They will discuss common emergencies such as short-term power outages, floods, trees down, as well as major emergencies like tornados and earthquake/tsunami as well as medical emergencies. Having seen the people affected by the recent floods, hurricanes and fires, this information is particularly timely.

Dr. Steele will help us understand medical aspects of emergency preparedness, including stockpiling at least 30 days of your medications, and how to personalize a First Aid Kit.

She will discuss basic health information, including important symptoms not to ignore, when to call 911, when to go to the ER or Urgent Care, and when to wait for a routine appointment with your doctor.

Linda Cook will show two examples of Go Bags and discuss how to supplement what you already have or to start new. She will also make suggestions as to what to have in needed supplies for Shelter in Place for longer-term emergencies.

They will be here to answer all your questions so that you will be able to leave feeling more empowered by learning what you need to do before the emergencies happen.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

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

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 contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop
Saturday, November 4 | 10am to 4pm
Instructor: Jeanine Rumble
Tuition: $40 (all materials included)
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue

Explore the fun, versatile and inexpensive possibilities of needle felting. In this workshop, you will learn to shape fluffy wool into people, animals or the object of your choice– perfect for holiday decorations and gifts.

Instructor, artist Jeanine Rumble, is a Manzanita resident proficient in weaving, spinning and needle felt sculpture.

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Diana Abu-Jaber will read from her latest book ~ Life Without a Recipe 

Diana Abu-Jaber reading: Life Without a Recipe
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 | 7pm | Doors open at 6:30
Admission for the evening reading is $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita | 594 Laneda Avenue

Abu-Jaber’s new culinary memoir, Life Without A Recipe, has been described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Ruth Reichl calls it “bold and luscious” and “indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path.”

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Her novels and a previous memoir have won numerous awards, including the Arab-American National Book Award, the PEN Center Award for Literary fiction, the American Book Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book award for Literary Fiction. Her books have been included in many “top books of the year” lists by National Public Radio, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Oregonian and others.

Diana teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and divides her time between South Florida and Portland, Oregon.

Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir
Abu-Jaber will teach a writing workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10-12:30
Tuition is $40

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

 
Tell me what you eat, said Brillat-Savarin, and I shall tell you what you are. Lives are filled with stories and plots but none is juicier than the one told with food. Culinary memoirs are wildly popular, taking readers beyond memory into the senses—especially the deep pleasures of the appetite.  Food sharpens the focus, introduces universal themes, and endows writing with imaginative, emotional, and physical layers of complexity.

This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

There will be writing prompts, exercises, discussions, and food. We’ll be tasting and thinking and comparing notes, considering all the ways that our connections to eating give rise to remembering and inspiration. Come and see what you cook up. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, a sense of play and a sense of humor.

Following Abu-Jaber’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 “Food Memories.“

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

The Manzanita Writers’ Series Launches Two Online Courses

Publishing Your Chapbook
Visibility & Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book
Developed by John Sibley Williams
Tuition $49 for each course

The Manzanita Writers’ Series and Hoff Online launch two new writing workshops, evergreen courses that you can take at your own pace on your schedule. Register with the Enroll Now buttons below.


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.

Award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams created this hands-on workshop to explore 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.



With over 800 books per day published in the US alone, publicity for small press books has never been more necessary… and more difficult.

As an editor, literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press, John Sibley Williams has learned all of this firsthand. In this course, he provides the expertise to help authors take on these obstacles.

The goal of “Visibility and Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book” is to provide writers of all genres with the necessary tools, money-saving techniques, and networking skills to market their books with maximum effectiveness.


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.

Join Your Fellow Writers in a Writing Lab to Better Polish Your Submission to the 6th Annual North Coast Squid Literary Journal Sunday, October 8


Sunday | October 8
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Workshop fee $10

Join fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Sunday, October 8. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing. It will be a full session of learning for all of us, when your piece is being critiqued as well as when others are being critiqued. The session will be facilitated and timed so everyone gets equal attention and time.

“One misconception about workshops is the you learn the most about how to be a better writer on the day your story is discussed – not true. …It’s when someone else has their turn at bat that you actually get to see what is going on; the view is always clearer without all those emotional defenses in the way.”
— Ann Patchett, from the essay “The Getaway Car,” from the collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Please bring $10 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction). RSVP by emailing northcoastsquid@gmail.com. Space is limited.

All Squid submissions are due by midnight October 31, so this session will allow you editing/polishing time. Work must be submitted electronically via the ‘submit’ button at hoffmanblog.org.

Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category (ages 18 and under).

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, with final art chosen by a committee.

The North Coast Squid, a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Writers Series, showcases the work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. The next issue will be published in March 2018.

If you are looking for inspiration and examples, copies of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal are still available for sale at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso and other local retail stores. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

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

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 Raku Firing At the Studio

September 24 | Sunday | 10-4
Organizers: Sharon and Steven Gibson
Fee $10
This is a special event for firing Raku outdoor at the Clay Studio.
On Sept. 24, glaze firings are scheduled for morning or afternoon with sign up forms available in the Clay Studio during open hours.  Forms are due no later than Sept. 20 in order to plan the firing. The firing will be rescheduled if it rains.

We strongly suggest that pieces for Raku be constructed from Raku clay and bisque fired at cone 08. The bisque firing will start Sept. 18 and we recommend that glazes be applied at least 24 hours in advance of RakuFee is $10.

Space is limited to 12

Sign up online by clicking on the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your check for “Raku Firing” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

  Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com