October Events



COWG Monthly Meeting October 22

The Central Oregon Writers Guild monthly meeting will be on Thursday, October 22 at Aspen Ridge, located at 1010 NE Purcell in Bend

When: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
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Saturday Workshop: October 24 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

“Synopses and Back Cover Blurbs” 

With author Kathryn Mattingly

When:         Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:30-12:30

Location:    Aspen Ridge, 1010 NE Purcell, in Bend.

Workshop Description: Synopses and Back Cover Blurbs. An effective synopses and back cover blurb are essential for selling your book to a publisher or agent and eventually, your reader. Whether your book is completed or a work-in-progress, reviewing these tools can clarify your intended purpose for your book. Whereas the synopsis shows structure and purpose, the blurb is more abstract and poetic.  A synopsis is nuts and bolts, the blurb an enticement. Neither should be boring or repetitive and both should be clear and precise.

Click HERE or select the "Workshops" tab at the top of any page for more information and to register.


Harvest Writing Contest Showcase Event October 24, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Central Oregon Writers Guild is proud to present the top 10 winners of our annual Harvest Writing Contest in a showcase event where each winner will be recognized for his or her outstanding achievement. Winners will read their winning entry during this evening of celebration and will also be published in the 2015 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection book.

Where:          Hampton Inn & Suites
                        730 SW Columbia St
                        Bend, Oregon  97702

Click HERE or select the "Harvest Writing Contest" tab at the top of any page for more information.


Speaker: Linda Stirling, Bestselling author, agent and coach

Date: Thurs Sept 17
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Place: Aspen Ridge Retirement Community, 1010 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend, OR. 

Topic:  It's not magic: The REAL Deal for Producing Visibility and Income
with Books

Tons of people are out there pimping courses on how to write books fast, claiming you can skyrocket to #1, and then go on to buy Ferrari’s to fill five-car garages. I don’t teach that way. What I do teach is how to steadily build your success through proven techniques. Can you reach bestseller status? Most likely, if all the elements are in place, and you can follow a step-by-step formula. Better yet, I show you how to keep your book ranking well, whether it’s a new release or you’re reviving an old title. You’re going to learn 5 tips you can apply immediately to make a difference in your book sales, along with strategies you want to have in place the minute you
launch a new book. Everyone who attends will receive the step-by-step formula I use to propel books to bestseller status.
PictureLinda Stirling
Linda Stirling, international bestselling author, agent and coach, works with writers around the globe, helping many achieve bestseller status.Using strategies she’s refined, she coaches writers on how to create long-term, life-affecting income from their books and the opportunities that can arise from being an author.

Stirling’s background includes managing major metropolitan newspapers and magazines, running three publishing companies, and raising millions of dollars in sponsorships. As a speaker, she has shared the platform with notables such as Guy Kawasaki, Jeneth Blackert, Colin Tipping, and Harrison Klein and has addressed corporations such as Nike and Nationwide Insurance.

Stirling’s heart is in helping every writer she works with achieve his or her dreams. She recently helped author Lorena Angell take her series from 6 sales per day to 60; sell her work in 47 countries; and rank alongside authors such as Stephen King, and George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones success. Stirling also got the series optioned for film and television. She often tells her students, “It doesn’t matter how well you write, if no one can find your books. Don’t let your work fall into the black hole of oblivion.” Her programs give writers the tools they need to get visible and stay visible so they can entertain, motivate, inform, or inspire others.


Date: Sat Sept 19

Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Place: Aspen Ridge Retirement Community, 1010 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend, OR. 

Instructor: Linda Stirling, Bestselling author, agent and coach

Topic: Creating Evergreen Income: Books that Provide Income, Month After Month

When author Lorena Angell took a course from me, she went home and immediately applied what I taught. Within days, she went from selling 6 books a day to 60. She then began to work with me one-on-one and I was able to show her how to get her books more visible everywhere. Today, she has books selling in 47 countries and ranks #1 in eight of those countries. She even has a movie option for her series. 

Inside this intensive workshop, we’re going to get to the nitty-gritty of some of those techniques as I show you how to improve the ranking of any book. In addition, you will learn:

· Three Key Things You Must Do To Create Reader Engagement

· How To Avoid Mistakes That Cost Thousands

· Keyword Traffic Domination To Help Your Book Rank

· Pricing Secrets & Strategies

· Marketability Assessment Techniques To Make Sure You Don't Bomb

Workshop is limited to 30 spots with priority registration for Members through September 1. 

Click HERE to register for this Workshop or click on the Workshops tab at the top of the page.
Date and time: Thursday, August 20; 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Place: Aspen Ridge, located at 1010 NE Purcell in Bend
  • As always, our meetings are free and open to the public
  • Refreshments will be served.

What are the symptoms of a concussion, a sprain, a broken limb? How should they be treated, and how long do they take to heal?
How far can you go with a bullet wound in your arm, gut or leg?

Do you have any burning questions in your storytelling that require medical or scientific answers? Want your writing to sound more realistic, more authentic? Now is your chance to pose questions to the experts. We will be doing a Q&A the entire evening.

Meet our Experts:
PictureDenise Delcolle
Denise Delcolle graduated from Saddleback Collage in 1973 in Southern California. She worked in Pediatrics most of her career except for a 2 year stint as an emergency resident nurse in Guadalupe, Martinique, Concun and Tahitithe for Club Med. She moved to Hawaii in 1979 and worked with a private pediatrician for 17 years, treating up to 80 children a day. 
“Nurse Denise” did all the patient care and answered hundreds of phone calls from concerned parents. Denise has worked at COPA here in Bend and has been the head phone advice nurse for 10 years. Giving compassionate support and encouragement to parents has been her greatest reward. She loves riding her horse, kayaking, biking, decorating and training animals.

PictureKent Pressman
Kent Pressman is a retired emergency physician. He graduated from University of Oregon Health Science Center and did an internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He was board certified in emergency medicine. He has practiced in Portland, Colorado, and various hospitals in Oregon and Idaho before settling in Twin Falls, Idaho where he practiced for 35 years. He was the director of that emergency department for 21 of those years. He loves to spend time in the Bend area enjoying the outdoors: biking, hiking, kayaking, traveling, cooking.

PictureKristin Hanson González
Kristin Hanson González grew up in Hawaii, spent her college years in the Midwest, and her working years in Colorado, North Dakota and Oregon.

Over the years she has had interesting jobs working as a college professor, naturalist for an adventure travel company, marine biology instructor on a glass-bottom boat, and most recently working in the North Dakota oil patch as a field biologist to help determine the best placement for wind turbine and oil wells. She served as marine biology consultant for a successful children's book series, which was recently picked up by Disney.

She and her husband moved to Bend five years ago with their four kids and have no plans to ever leave!

The Medicine & Science Panel Just Got Better!

PictureEric Webb, DVM
Eric Webb, DVM has agreed to join our medical and science panel to answer your questions about animal-related issues. This will round out our panel of science and medical experts, making for a really valuable evening. 
Dr. Webb graduated from Mountain View High, in Bend and went on to veterinary school at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1991. He has owned a mixed animal practice and currently practices small animal medicine at Ark Animal Clinic, in Bend.

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:30-Noon, followed by Small-Group Critique (till 1:30 p.m.)

LocationCOCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Bldg 3, Rm 305

Workshop Description: We will cover all aspects of the elements of fiction.

·         Composition
·         Point of view
·         Introductions that capture attention
·         Dialogue
·         Description
·         Strong endings

This will be an interactive workshop. Bring questions about your work-in-progress.

PictureMike Lankford
About the Instructor: Mike Lankford is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, a published author, editor, award-winning newspaper columnist and finalist for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. Mike has ghostwritten thirteen books, both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent project was the historical biography of Leonardo Da Vinci. Mike has been teaching for 25 years, the last nine here in Bend at the Central Oregon Community College. He teaches Creative Prose Fiction and Writing Academic Essays.

Small Group Critique will be offered following Mike’s presentation from Noon-1:30. Brush up on critique skills and get valuable feedback on your work-in-progress.

What to bring for critique: Six copies of any two pages you would like to workshop. Bring a sack lunch to make the most of your workshop time.

Refreshments:  Coffee, tea and light refreshments

Contact: RSVP and reserve handouts, cowgcritique@gmail.com

Cost: $15 for Guild members. $25 for nonmembers: Payment at the door.

We are excited to announce that we have found a new home at Aspen Ridge, located at 1010 NE Purcell in Bend. Click on the address link for a map to the meeting site. The conference room is located on the second floor. There are both elevators and stairs. 

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Date: Thursday, July 16
Featured Reader: Annette Fairchild
With our new venue, we’ll be holding our monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

As always, Central Oregon Writers Guild meetings are free and open to the public. Writers of all disciplines and ability level are welcome.
PictureKelly Schaub
This Month's Topic is Story Structure: Putting Our Pants On One Leg at a Time, Like Everybody Else.

What do stories have in common with a pair of pants? Editor and author Kelly
Schaub outlines the basics of story structure and shows how sticking to
structure doesn't mean the death of creativity.

Kelly Schaub is a former zookeeper turned author and freelance editor, who has published over 100 non-fiction articles, three short stories, and two novels under the pen name of Kelly McCrady. By focusing on developmental fiction editing and stylistic edits, Kelly has shepherded more than 120 novels and short stories to publication.

Time: Friday, June 12 6:30 pm
Place: Barnes and Noble at The Forum Shopping Center, 2690 US-20, Bend, OR 97701 (Click on this link for directions)

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.
PictureJennifer Hillman-Magnuson
Author and essayist Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson will be speaking about her travel memoir Peanut Butter & Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East, recipient of the Eric Hoffer Literary Award (Honorable mention, memoir) and winner of the International Book Awards (best multicultural nonfiction), as well as a finalist in the Foreward Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the year (travel memoir, humor). Jennifer's work has appeared in Writer's Digest, Disney's Babble, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Nickelodeon, Mamalode and other print and online publications. She is currently wrapping up her book tour, with speaking engagements throughout Oregon, California, and Georgia. She is the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Wither: Stories of Acute Shame & Other Embarrassments. Please join us for an evening of discussion on the writing process, where we will explore the current publishing environment, the writing process, and the author's role in marketing.
Jennifer spent her younger years in Bend, where her love of writing began. She is a graduate of Portland State University and lives in Salem with her husband and five children. Her family has lived all over the country, as well as India and the Middle East.

PictureDudley's Bookshop Cafe in Bend, OR
Meet Like-Minded Writers

Join us on Thursday, May 21st at a new location: Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe’ on 135 NW Minnesota in Bend. We’ll hold our monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., breaking up into small groups by genre. 

Meet local writers specific to your genre. Join one of six small groups: Children’s, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and a group for anyone interested in finding critique partners. Talk about current and past projects, goals, and challenges. Be inspired. 

Writers of all levels welcome!

PictureJill Williamson
COWG Saturday Workshops presents:

“Brainstorming a New Novel,” a writing workshop with author Jill Williamson
When: Saturday, April 25, 12 noon-4:00 p.m.

Location: COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Bldg 3, Rm 306

Workshop Description:  Jill will present her method for taking a new idea and crafting it into a story.
•Building Your World – Whether you’re writing in this world or creating a world of your own, your setting should feel like its own character. We’ll discuss techniques for using your setting in a way that makes your storyworld feel like a real place.
•Creating Compelling Characters – A great character can live in a reader’s mind forever. We’ll go through a step-by-step process to help you create authentic characters your readers will not only care about, but will never forget. We’ll discuss character backstory, motivation, tags, archetypal roles, and work through a detailed character worksheet.
 •Storyboarding Your Plot – Inspired by the process that Hollywood uses to create great storylines, we’ll create a storyboard as a group, study its three-act structure, look for plot holes, check character motivations, track themes and subplots, and consider the climax and ending. This process is great for taking a look at your plot all at once to discover weaknesses. It’s also a good way to create a story map before you start writing.
What to bring for the workshop: You might want to bring a notepad if you prefer more space than is provided on the worksheet handouts.
Small Group Critique will be offered immediately following Jill’s presentation from 2:30-4:00. This is your opportunity to brush up on critique skills and get valuable feedback on your work-in-progress. Jill will participate in critique.
What to bring for critique: Six copies of your opening pages or any two pages you would like to workshop.
Refreshments:  Coffee and light refreshments
Cost: $15 for Guild members. $25 for nonmembers at the door.

Contact:          RSVP and reserve handouts, cowgcritique@gmail.com by April 21.
About the Instructor:
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of a dozen fantasy novels. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards, including the Christy Award. Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly at www.GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

Date: Wed April 29

Time: 6:00-7:45 PM

Place: Deschuttes Library downtown Bend (601 NW Wall St), Brooks Room

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.

Meet our Distinguished Panelists:
PictureKelly Schaub
A former zookeeper turned author and freelance editor, Kelly Lynne Schaub has published over 100 non-fiction articles, three short stories, and two novels (as Kelly McCrady). Focusing on developmental fiction editing as well as stylistic edits needed to bring a writer's vision to the attention of agents and publishers is what Kelly does best; she has shepherded more than 120 novels and short stories to publication. Kelly is a member of Willamette Writers and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

PictureMike Lankford
Among Mike Lankford’s many accomplishments, he is a graduate of the Iowa’s Writers Workshop, a published author, an editor, an award winning newspaper columnist and a finalist for the Pushcart prize for short fiction. Mike has also ghostwritten thirteen books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has just finished a historical biography of Leonardo da Vinci. Mike has been teaching for 25 years, the last nine being here in Bend at the Central Oregon Community College. He teaches Creative Prose Fiction Writing and Writing Academic Essays.

PictureLauren Baker
Lauren Davis Baker writes to inform and entertain. She began her career as a Technical Writer with Hewlett Packard Corporation, turning out such page-turners as “The HP 7550 User’s Guide.” She later moved into promotional writing, where she enjoyed developing her marketing skills and using adjectives. In 1992 she started an equestrian publication, Flying Changes magazine, and acted as publisher, editor, writer and janitor. In March of 2014 she sold the magazine and branched out on her own, as a freelance writer.  Lauren still writes feature articles for Flying Changes and has also been published in the Cascade A&E, Cascade Business Journal, Central Oregon Magazine, and has recently started doing work for the Bend Bulletin’s special projects division. Her latest endeavor is a blog, entitled ‘Dressage for Mere Mortals.’ Lauren lives in Bend, OR with her husband, Al, and their dog, Skittles.

Date:  Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 • 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Location:   Brooks Room at the Bend downtown library, 
601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend, OR

Free and welcome to the public.
Writers of all genres will enjoy a free presentation by author Jane Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, March 24th. In ‘Give Yourself Credit’ Jane will offer six ways to increase pleasure and productivity in your writing life. This free meeting of the Central Oregon Writers Guild will be held at the Downtown Bend Library at 601 NW Wall Street from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. (Show up 10 to 15 minutes early to guarantee yourself a seat at what promises to be a very popular meeting.)

Jane is the award-winning author of 27 books with over 1 million copies sold. Her titles have been New York Times and Pacific Northwest and CBA bestsellers. She's won numerous writing awards including the WILLA Literary Award and the Wrangler from the Western Heritage Center. A mental health professional, she speaks around the world about the power of stories in our lives. Her latest book,A Light in the Wilderness, was described by Publishers Weekly as "...indelible and intriguing...persuasive and poignant."  She lives between Bend and Redmond with her husband of 38 years and two dogs.  Visit her at www.jkbooks.com and sign up for her monthly Story Sparks newsletter.

Downtown Bend Library at 601 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701