Are you unsure of the accuracy of the police and detective procedures you’ve written into your novel, short story, or memoir? Come fact check with our illustrious law enforcement panel at the next Guild meeting on November 19th.

Several hardworking Officers and a ballistic expert have agreed to volunteer their time to interact with writers in a relaxed Q&A setting. Come glimpse special insight into the private and dangerous world of keeping the peace. Do you have questions? They have answers.

Please take advantage of this special opportunity by bringing a prepared list of questions.

Time: Thursday, November 19 6:30-8:30 pm
Place: Aspen Ridge Retirement Center, 1010 NE Purcell, Bend

Light refreshments will be served. As always, meetings are free and open to the public.
Ashley Volz began her law enforcement career at the Sunriver Police Department in 2004. She worked there as a seasonal bicycle officer during her summers home from college. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement in 2006. That same year she was hired as a Community Service Officer for the Redmond Police Department.

In 2007 she was hired concurrently as a Reserve Police Officer for the Bend Police Department. In 2008 she left her CSO position in Redmond to pursue a job offer as a full-time Patrol Officer with the City of Bend.

In April 2012 Ashley was selected for a promotion into the School Resource Officer Unit, where she has been working ever since.

Her office is at Mountain View High School, but she helps handle issues at all the Bend area public and private schools.

Andy Tillman

Ballistics Expert

Andy Tillman was the small arms editor for Jane’s Defense Weekly’s monthly magazine, International Defense Review (IDR), from 1982 to 1998.  IDR has been called the “Consumer Reports” of the Military Industrial complex.  Andy’s articles have been published in six languages.  He is a founding member of the International Wound Ballistics Association with Dr. Martin Fackler and Duncan McPherson.  He attended the FBI’s first wound ballistic symposium at Quantico, VA in 1987 and has worked closely with the Secret Service; Marine Corps sniper school, Ballistic Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, 9th Military Intelligence Battalion, and the Infantry School at Fort Benning.  He was one of just two Westerners invited to attend Mikhail Kalashnikov’s 75th birthday party in the closed military city of Izhevsk, Russia.  Andy has worked closely with some of the most influential firearms maker’s in the world, including; Ares, CIS, Colt, FN Herstal, Israel Military Industries, General Electric, Heckler & Koch, Hughes, Knight Armament and SACO Defense. Andy influenced the design and sale of many modern infantry weapons including the M16A2/A3 assault rifle; M110 designated marksman rifle, M249 and Ultimax light machinegun, the M60E3/E4  medium machinegun, the Mk19 Mod3 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, the General Dynamics 12.7mm GAU-19 Gatling gun, 84mm SMAW, and Milan 2 anti-tank guided missile launcher.  Andy was an early advocate of mounting optical sights and infrared laser pointers on assault rifles and belt-fed machineguns.  He has been quoted in Time magazine and was often used as a “Fact Checker,” by The New York Times.

Lt. Paul Garrison began his career in law enforcement in 1994 as a reserve police officer for the City of Bend, Oregon. He was hired as a full-time sworn police officer in 1995 by the Black Butte Police Department and in 1997 Lt. Garrison was hired as a patrol deputy by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Garrison has served in a variety of assignments with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office including Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Less Lethal Master Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Excited Delirium Instructor, Confrontation Simulation Instructor, Range 3000 Instructor, Taser Instructor, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team Member (CERT – multijurisdictional SWAT), Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Training Coordinator, Patrol Lieutenant, Team Leader and Team Commander of the Deschutes County Special Operations Team, and presently as the Administrative Lieutenant. 

Lt. Garrison earned an Associate of Arts degree from Central Oregon Community College and has completed additional course work at Portland State University, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Command College.

Outside of his department Lt. Garrison has instructed for a variety of entities to include the Central Oregon Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, the American Council on Criminal Justice and Training and presently since 2010 Combined Tactical Systems.

We invite you to assist COWG and at the same time put a smile on the faces of the seniors at Aspen Ridge Retirement Community.

In exchange for using the beautiful conference room at Aspen Ridge for our COWG monthly meetings, we have agreed to provide 6 speakers a year to their Life-Long Learning Series. We invite COWG members (or someone you know) to do a presentation on any topic that is educational or entertaining. The Learning Series is presented free of charge to the seniors at Aspen Ridge and is also open to the public.


Date:     Every Thursday

Time:     2:30 – 3:30

Where: Aspen Ridge Retirement Community

  1010 NE Purcell

 Bend, OR

Barbara Cole, Ph.D. has managed various groups domestically and internationally in addition to teaching Humor in the Workplace at St. Mary's College of California. Barbara will be giving a presentation about what humor means, why we need it, and how to use (or not use) it in our living space or workplace.

Please join us at Aspen Ridge on Nov 5th at 2:30.

Time: Thursday, October 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Place:  Aspen Ridge Retirement Center, 1010 NE Purcell, Bend

Light refreshments will be served. As always, meetings are free and open to the public. 
PictureKathryn Mattingly
Award winning author Kathryn Mattingly teaches creative writing at a local college and has always had a passion for the written word. Her short fiction has appeared in various themed anthologies, and in Dark Discoveries magazine. Kathryn’s debut novel, Benjamin, was a New Century Quarterly Finalist, and her short story collection, Fractured Hearts, includes several of her award winning stories. Kathryn enjoys mentoring other writers and is a judge for a couple different annual literary contests. Her writing is inspired by places she has lived or traveled and by real-life events.


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
  • Watch this page for more details!


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,

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.