Deborah Reed will read from her latest book, The Days When Birds Come Back

Deborah Reed ~Reads The Days When Birds Come Back
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 7:00pm
Admission $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

Deborah is the author of six 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.

The renovation of an old house on the Oregon Coast brings two people together in this emotionally searing novel of love and second chances. Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home.

“An emotionally satisfying novel about the lingering effects of trauma and how people deal with guilt.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

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.

Deborah will lead a 10-week novel-writing group in Manzanita, starting March 21.

Interested writers must 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. Fee for the course will be $350. For a complete description of the course, and the requirements, go to hoffmanblog.org.

Following Deboarah’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 “Starting Over.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 630.

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.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

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

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series Celebrates Ten Years of Programming in 2018 with a Number of Special Events

 

January 20 | Deborah Reed
February 17 | Nicole J. Georges
March 17 | Omar El Akkad
May 19 | Rene Denfeld
September 15 | Peter Rock

 

We’ll kick off the year on January 20 with Deborah Reed reading from her sixth novel, The Days When Birds Come Back, just published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Reed’s novel is set in a small town on the Oregon Coast, and Deborah herself has moved to the Oregon Coast since her first featured reading at the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Other authors and books for this year’s evening events include Nicole J. Georges, Fetch (Feb. 17); Omar El Akkad, American War (March 17), Rene Denfeld, The Child Finder (May 19); and Peter Rock, Spells (Sep. 15).

April 14, we’ll celebrate the annual PoetryFest, featuring workshops and reading with Wendy Willis, author of Blood Sisters of the Republic.

On October 20, we’ll cohost a special event, a joint fundraiser between the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Library. The evening will include an interview and Q&A with “America’s Librarian,” author of the bestselling BookLust and follow-on books, a regular commentator on books for NPR, Nancy Pearl. She is touring with her own debut novel, George & Lizzie.

Finally, on November 17, we’ll host our 10 Year Anniversary Event, with readings by and celebration of the many local writers who have published books in the last 10 years, along with the many locals who have started writing because of the Manzanita Writers’ Series’ writing workshops and Writing Lounge. We’ll also celebrate the many readers and book lovers who make our events possible.

We’ll host a number of writing workshops during the year, kick off a new ongoing online writing critique/workshop group, and host a novel-writing group. Check for workshop details, schedule and registration information at hoffmanblog.org.

The admission price for most of the author events will be $7. Workshop fees vary by workshop s

o check hoffmanblog.org 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.

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

Ingrid Thoft to Read from Duplicity

 

Ingrid Thoft will read from her latest book, Duplicity
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Doors open 6:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $7

Duplicity is the fourth in Thoft’s series with Boston-based P.I. Fina Ludlow.

Thoft’s first book Loyalty sold to rave reviews. Her second in the series Brutality was awarded the Shamus Award for best P.I. novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. The Fina Ludlow books are now “in development” for a TV series on ABC. The Boston-based investigator has been compared to V.I. Warshawski, and Kinsey Milhone, even Lisbeth Salander.

“Thoft is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky
protagonist’s the equal of any male gumshoe.”
—Kirkus

Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Although always wanting to be an author, her first real-life job was at a radio station in coastal Massachusetts, ripping wires and running the board for a Sunday talk show. She’s worked in human resources at Harvard, and did a stint with an interactive software company.

She wrote two novels about an amateur sleuth that did not sell. When she decided an amateur sleuth character led to limitations, she decided to focus on a professional Private Investigator instead. In order to create a believable P.I. character, she enrolled in the Private Investigation certificate program at the University of Washington.  Thoft lives in Seattle with her husband.

Following Thoft’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 “Mystery and Murder.”

Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Tuition is $40

Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery?  We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript.  How do you craft a suspenseful plot?  Create memorable characters?  Make it realistic?  Write from the viewpoint of an assassin? And knock your readers dead?  Join Ingrid and find out!

Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Call for Art: Nevermore in November

To highlight our November Manzanita Writers’ Series mystery theme, artists are invited to submit art to be displayed in the Hoffman Center all of November.

The art should be inspired by the literary reference “Quoth the Raven – ‘Nevermore’” in some manner and can include up to two pieces of any two-dimensional medium.

Artists are welcome to sell their work, with a 30 percent commission to the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Ready-to-hang art should be dropped off at the Hoffman Center between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, October 30. The show will be hung that afternoon and will be among the art on display all November.

On November 20, author Ingrid Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” and read from her latest thriller that evening, Duplicity.

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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Pauls Toutonghi Will Read From His Book “Dog Gone”

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 7pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | Manzanita

Toutonghi’s reading kicks off a weekend for dog-lovers in Manzanita, preceding the all-day Sunday events for the 9th annual Muttzanita Festival (http://muttzanita.com).

On October 10, 1998, Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker—bolts into the woods. Just like that, he’s vanished. And Gonker has Addison’s disease. If he’s not found in twenty-three days, he will die. “Dog Gone” is the story of the Marshall family and their epic hunt to track down Gonker.

“Toutonghi’s narrative is well-written and fast-paced. . . . Like a good novel, “Dog Gone” is full of twists that keep the reader engaged until the very end. . . . Don’t be surprised if, at the finish of “Dog Gone,” you find yourself wanting to rush to an animal rescue shelter. . . . Dog lovers of the world can unite behind this book.” —The Washington Post

“Lovely. . . . He’ll make you laugh…and he’ll evoke your tears. . . . It’s a story about the triumph of hope over despair. And a story of persistence, courage, and determination. And in its most profound and universal sense, a love story.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch 

“A moving nail-biter.” —Good Housekeeping

Author of four books, Toutonghi has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Tin House, and numerous other periodicals. After receiving his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved to Portland, Oregon where he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

On Saturday, from 1-3:30 pm, Toutonghi will teach a workshop “Writing with Balance.” Whether in fiction or nonfiction/memoir, how do you share personal, painful stories and still negotiate active relationships with the people involved?

How do you decide what to tell — and what not to tell? What are some of the best practices for determining the best way to use a difficult or personally challenging piece of your story?

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

Following Toutonghi’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 “Dog Stories.“

Admission for the evening reading is $7
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

Liz Prato ~ Writing Outside the Box Workshop

Liz Prato
Writing Outside the Box
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 1-3 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4 pm
Cloud and Leaf Bookstore

 

The workshop, Writing Outside the Box will include Lecture and 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 $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Prato will read from “baby’s on fire” a collection of short stories at 4pm Saturday, at Cloud & Leaf
bookstore in Manzanita.

Prato is author of “baby’s on fire,” a collection of short stories. Her 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.

Praise for Prato’s book

     “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

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