Workshops: 2010

One of the goals of the Manzanita Writers’s Series is to offer learning opportunities for local writers–without having to drive all the way to Portland.  Plus, we welcome Portlanders to come learn and ‘retreat’ here at the Coast.  Many of our featured authors this year are willing to hold workshops covering a variety of topics.  In August 2009, the Series offered its first workshop, led by Lauren Kessler and Tom Hager, on publishing.  It proved to be a huge success with over 30 attendees.  During the Dark & Stormy Book Weekend, we offered two more workshops by Helen Gallagher on self-publishing, and Susan Wooldridge, who led a lively session on how to break out of your old creative habits when writing. 

This year we’ve added several more workshops, covering topics in the writing business, as well as the craft.

Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary

Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary

Saturday, March 13, 1 pm to 3 pm, Hoffman Center:  Chip MacGregor of MacGregor will lead a workshop titled How to Find and Approach a Literary Agent.  Chip has more than two decades of experience in the publishing business and has recently moved to Nehalem.  Cost:  $25

 49 participants attended this workshop.

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Sage Cohen, Author of Writing the Life Poetic

Saturday, April 17, Sage Cohen will lead a two-part workshop.  The first part will help poets of any experience to get inspired with new prompts and exercises.  After a break, Sage will cover how to find the best places to get your work published.  Poetry: Pen to Page to Published, 1pm to 3:30pm, (all ages) cost:  $25, $15 for Students.

 Click here for the poetry workshop registration form.

 NOTE:  Venue has changed to the Center for the Contemplative Arts in the Underhill Plaza, which is located on the corner of Manzanita Avenue and Division, in Manzanita.

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Bryan Harnetiaux, Playwright-in-Residence for the Spokane Civic Theater

Bryan Harnetiaux, Playwright-in-Residence for the Spokane Civic Theater

 Saturday, May 15,  Bryan Harnetiaux will lead a workshop on playwriting.  A morning session will run from 9 am to 12:30 and will be limited to 10 people.  If more individuals want to register, a second session will be added in the afternoon.  Cost:  $50.

Click here to print the Playwriting Workshop registration form.

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Robert Michael Pyle, Lepidopterist and Nature Writer

Robert Michael Pyle, Lepidopterist and Nature Writer

Saturday, June 12, Robert Michael Pyle will lead a very special workshop from 9 am to 3 pm.  This is a collaboration between the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT) and the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  It will be held the week before our regular Manzanita Writers’ Series event on June 19. Writers will have the opportunity to write and learn ‘en plein air’  at the Alder Creek Farm Conservation Site.  Includes a boxed lunch.  Cost:  $95, $85 for members of the LNCT.

Click here for the en plein air registration form.

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Lauren Kessler, Author and Professor at the University of Oregon

You want writing to be a priority in your life, but you keep getting side-tracked?  
 You wish you could focus on your writing, but you keep self-sabotaging?
 You want to move from writing-as-hobby to writing-as-profession, but you don’t know how?

Lauren Kessler (www.laurenkessler.com <http://www.laurenkessler.com> ) and Thomas Hager (www.thomashager.net <http://www.thomashager.net> ) – who between them have written 18 books – will help you get serious about your writing life, from daily inspiration to annual budgeting.  This one-day, high-energy workshop – with exercises and expert tips – will inspire you to up your game, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Learn from two writers in the trenches who have weathered the storms…and crafted successful writing lives for themselves as they raised three children.
 
 Lauren Kessler is the author of 12 books, including 6 works of narrative nonfiction.  Her newest book, just released, is My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A journey through the Thickets of Adolescence.  She is also the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award and Oregon Book Award winner Dancing with Rose; Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl; Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club and Oregon Book Award-winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen to be the book for all Oregonians to read on the occasion of the sesquecentennial last year.

Tom Hager is the author of six nonfiction books and the former publisher of the University of Oregon Press. His most recent book,

Tom Hager, Author

 The Alchemy of Air, was named a “Best Book of 2008” by Kirkus Reviews, and is a national finalist in Border’s “Original Voices” award program.

Saturday, August 21st from 10-3 Cost:  $50. 

Download and complete the Crafting Workshop Registration Form, and mail it in to register.

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