THE OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR 2011
(theNatureofWords) SAVE THE DATES! (See complete schedule on Page 8) OUR CO-SPONSORS Greetings from Dr. Becky Johnson VICE-PRESIDENT, OSU-CASCADES
At Oregon State University-Cascades we celebrate great writers and readers. We see them in our classrooms, among our faculty, and throughout Central Oregon and Oregon. Great writers teach and inspire. Great readers understand the complexities of the world around them.
Rising Star Awards ...............................................................................................Wednesday, Nov. 2 Guest Author Readings/Book Signings ...................................................... Thursday-Friday, Nov. 3-4 VIP Reception ...............................................................................................................Friday, Nov. 4 Author-led Workshops, Lectures & Panel Discussion ................ Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4-5 Gala Dinner, Brief Author Readings & Keynote Speaker ........................................... Saturday, Nov. 5 Special Guest Author Reading & Open Mic ................................................................Sunday, Nov. 6 BUY TICKETS: www.thenatureofwords.org Tickets to the Author Readings are available only at the Tower Theatre. Visit the box office at 835 NW Wall St., Bend, call 541.317.0700 or visit www.towertheatre.org. Free reading tickets for students with valid student ID. Visit the Tower Theatre box office in advance.
OSU-Cascades is proud of its long association with The Nature of Words. Reading and writing are at the foundation of our efforts as educators within a university, and central to the contributions our undergraduate and graduate students make on a daily basis. We congratulate the NOW staff and volunteers who make the annual festival and writing programs possible.
Let the Readings Begin!
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Welcome to The Nature of Words’ 2011 Literary Festival! We say “seventh annual” but in fact, if the years the festival operated under the banner of The Music of Words are included, this is the ninth literary festival held in Bend, starting in 2002 with a two year hiatus to secure funding for increasing the reach of the festival and the organization. What an exciting story The Nature of Words has written in such a short time! There’s more excitement ahead as the organization grows to meet the region’s demand for literary and language arts exposure and education.
Greeting from Dr. James Middleton
PRESIDENT, CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Central Oregon Community College has long been a partner with The Nature of Words. We share the desire to inspire great writing, whether through college classes with our outstanding faculty or community events featuring exceptional authors. This year’s authors at the literary festival are a diverse and exciting group. The Nature of Words helps bring great writing, as well as writing opportunities, to students and others in our community. The Nature of Words encourages reflection, discussion and introspection – elements that are key to lifelong learning. We look forward to the 2011 festival and continuing our shared commitment to the literary arts in Central Oregon.
A Message from Ellen Waterston, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, THE NATURE OF WORDS
The Nature of Words’ annual literary festival plays an important role in raising awareness and appreciation of the literary arts, but also generating awareness of and funding for the many programs for youth, and emerging writers of all ages, offered by The Nature of Words throughout the year. Be sure to take home a copy of this year’s Community Guide for a complete listing of all the exciting program options available to the Central Oregon community. Please fill out the evaluation forms provided to you to help us chart our course going forward and, above all, enjoy the many options for engaging with this year’s slate of outstanding guest authors and poets. Thank you all for your support of The Nature of Words.
THE MISSION OF THE NATURE OF WORDS is to foster an appreciation of the literary arts and humanities in the high desert region of the Northwest through community interaction with acclaimed authors, and through creative writing programs for students and adults.
Why I support (theNatureofWords) MARGARET ROBBERSON, PRESIDENT The Nature of Words provides the community with a celebration of writers and the power and beauty of their words each fall, and throughout the year it provides programs that empower writers of all ages to develop their written voice. The power of words and the thinking reflected in them is vital to our future as a community, as a world. I love that The Nature of Words encourages all to enter the conversation. Last Book Read: “Randy Lopez Goes Home” by Rudolfo Anaya
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MARGARET HEATER, VICE-PRESIDENT It’s exciting to be a part of The Nature of Words. There’s always rewarding payback from everything I get involved in. Work is fun with this wonderful group of individuals who bring so many rewarding programs to Central Oregon. Last Book Read: “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova
JUST RELEASED! “SHOUT OUT” NOW’s 2011 Anthology of Student Writing Curious about the work produced in NOW’s creative writing programs? Get your hands on a copy of “Shout Out,” the 2011 anthology of student writing, and prepare to be impressed and delighted. “Shout Out” includes the winning entries from this year’s Rising Star competition, plus prose and poetry created in Words Without Walls, the creative-writing-in-theschools program, and by students who participate in The Storefront Project at NOW’s Literary Arts Center.
The Board of Directors
is proud to present (theNatureofWords) Literary Festival. The festival, and NOW’s creative writing programs, could not happen without the dedication, vision and support of the Board of Directors. Front row (left to right): Margaret Heater, Julia Kennedy Cochran, Karen Poulsen and Sandra Miller. Middle row (left to right): Margie Robberson, Beth Patterson and Kyle Wuepper. Back row (left to right): John Kvapil, Stephen Archer, John Martin and Margaret Wood. Not pictured: Christine Coffin and Sue Fountain.
Oregon’s reigning poet laureate, Paulann Petersen, graciously provided the Foreword for “Shout Out.” Her comments include, “Each human being perceives this world through unique sensibilities. Each possesses a singular voice to express what she or he encounters. Ours is a world teeming with distinct points of view—an abundance that is movingly spotlighted in the book you now hold in your hands… With each turn of the page, you’ll be given the opportunity to experience yet another writer’s world, and thus see your own world anew.” Drop by the Paulina Springs Books’ table when you attend a festival event to purchase your copy of “Shout Out” for $15. Copies will also be available for purchase at NOW’s Literary Arts Center, 224 NW Oregon Ave. in Bend. Proceeds from sales of “Shout Out” help to support NOW’s creative writing programs.
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Supporting The Nature of Words’ events and creative writing programs is easy. Donate via the PayPal® link at www.thenatureofwords.org or mail a check to: The Nature of Words, P.O. Box 56, Bend, OR 97709. Have questions or want more information? Call 541.647.2233 or email email@example.com.
Why I support (theNatureofWords) JOHN KVAPIL, SECRETARY
KAREN POULSEN, TREASURER
Three years ago a group of past, present and future NOW Board members formed The High Desert Poetry Cell. With the publication of the Cell’s second book this summer, the Cell was invited to do a reading at the NOW Storefront as part of a day-long filming of activities by OPB’s Oregon Art Beat. The reading to a packed room was much like a good jazz performance, with spontaneous shouts from the audience, laughter and applause; it was just a hoot. None of this could have happened without The Nature of Words and the creative energy that NOW inspires.
Being a part of The Nature of Words has become so much a part of my life. I often walk in on The Storefront classes and find wonderful young people expressing themselves in so many new ways because of NOW. The Storefront has become a wonderful nurturing place for the youth of Central Oregon, and it warms my heart to know I played some small part in their success. If you haven’t dropped in on one of the workshops, after school programs or student readings, you are missing something amazing!
Last Book Read: “Beautiful and Pointless: a Guide to Modern Poetry” by David Orr
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2011 Guest Authors Augusten Burroughs (Nonfiction)
Aimée Nezhukumatathil (Poetry)
Augusten Burroughs‘ memoirs about his unconventional childhood and battles with addiction, “Running With Scissors” and “Dry,” are hilarious, caustic and brutally candid. Burroughs forged a highly successful career in advertising before writing his first book. He has released two collections of autobiographical essays, “Magical Thinking” and “Possible Side Effects,” instant New York Times bestsellers in hardcover and paperback. Burroughs will deliver the keynote address at the festival’s gala author dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Aimée Nezhukumatathil is the author of three poetry collections: “Lucky Fish”; “At the Drive-In Volcano,” winner of the Balcones Prize; and “Miracle Fruit,” winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Global Filipino Award. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Pushcart Prize, and the Richard Hugo Award from Poetry Northwest. Nezhukumatathil is associate professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia.
Heidi Durrow (Fiction)
Keith Scribner (Fiction)
Heidi Durrow’s debut novel, “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” was a national best seller and received the Barbara Kingsolver 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change. The novel was hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, and a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian. Durrow, a graduate of Yale Law School, has worked as a corporate litigator, co-hosts a weekly podcast, “Mixed Chicks Chat,” and is co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.
William Kittredge (Nonfiction)
Photo by Anthony Cesare
William Kittredge, an icon among Western writers, grew up on the cattle ranch his grandfather built in southeastern Oregon, the setting for his memoir, “Hole in the Sky.” Kittredge became a major cultural voice with his collection of essays, “Owning It All.” He taught at the University of Montana for 29 years, and now is Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing Emeritus. Kittredge’s other titles include “Who Owns the West” and “The Last Rodeo: Best Essays of William Kittredge.” Kittredge is the recipient of The Nature of Words’ 2011 Caldera Special Recognition Award.
Keith Scribner has lived in Japan, Turkey, and France and traveled extensively. His third novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” was released in June 2011. His two previous novels are “Miracle Girl” and “The GoodLife,” which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Scribner was awarded Wallace Stegner and John L’Heureux Fellowships in Fiction at Stanford University. He teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA program and is a fellow at OSU’s Center for the Humanities.
Mark Spragg (Fiction) Mark Spragg is the author of “Where Rivers Change Direction,” a memoir that won the 2000 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers award, and the novels, “The Fruit of Stone,” “An Unfinished Life,” and in 2010, “Bone Fire.” All four were Top-Ten Book Sense selections and “An Unfinished Life” was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. He and his wife, Virginia, wrote the screenplay for his novel, “An Unfinished Life,” starring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, released in 2005.
Buddy Wakefield (Poetry)
Nancy Mairs (Nonfiction) Nancy Mairs is a highly-respected writer of the personal essay. Her memoir, “Remembering the Bone House,” is a spiritual autobiography. Mairs has also written “Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal,” and three more books of essays, “Carnal Acts,” “Voice Lessons: On Becoming a (Woman) Writer” and “Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled.” Her most recent books are “A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories” and “A Dynamic God.”
Buddy Wakefield, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals and, in 2005, won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again. Wakefield has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world. Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart
Seth Mnookin (Nonfiction)
Kevin Young (Poetry)
Seth Mnookin is an award-winning journalist, author and MIT Lecturer whose most recent book, “The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear,” is a groundbreaking blend of current events, scientific history, and sociology exploring vaccines and their purported link to developmental disorders and health problems. Mnookin also published “Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top,” which was a Top-Ten New York Times bestseller about the Boston Red Sox, and “Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media.”
Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, one who finds meaning and inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, and in the bittersweet history of Black America. His six books of poetry include “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” “Dear Darkness,” and “For the Confederate Dead.” “Jelly Roll: A Blues” was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is a professor of poetry at Emory University..
Why I support (theNatureofWords) BOARD MEMBER STEPHEN ARCHER, M.D.
BOARD MEMBER CHRISTINE COFFIN
BOARD MEMBER JULIA KENNEDY COCHRAN
The use of language is a uniquely human endeavor. Reading, writing, and speaking are critical components for us to connect with one another. NOW fosters these skills in kids (and adults) and celebrates them. That is a worthy cause.
The Nature of Words enriches the cultural life of Central Oregon with its outstanding annual literary event. But it also gives back to the community by conducting writing workshops in local schools, encouraging our next generation to speak out and express themselves eloquently and succinctly.
Last Book Read: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith
Last Book Read: “Between the Bylines” by Susan E. Wiant
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Since we first walked the earth, we humans have had a deep need for stories – stories can demystify, entertain and inspire. These days, stories come to us in all forms, but there’s no purer form than through the pages of a book, and no better storyteller than the author. The Nature of Words is wonderful in this way, giving us what we all need – stories and storytellers. I hope you’ll help me support it. Last Book Read: “The Oregon Experiment” by Keith Scribner
A Celebration of Emerging Writers WINNERS OF THE 2011 RISING STAR CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION POETRY
The Rising Star CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION provides the impetus for promising emerging writers to hone their craft. In response to requests for an adult category, the 2011 competition included a new category for writers age 26 and up. Prizes were awarded in fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry and nature essay. First place winners receive a cash prize, a trophy donated by local metal artist Ben Schade of Schade Steel (www. schadesteel. com), a scholarship to a guest author-led workshop in their winning genre, an award certificate, and recognition in a special awards ceremony and reception on November 2. Winning and honorable mention submissions were published in “Shout Out,” The Nature of Words’ annual an anthology of student writing. Cover art for the 2011 anthology was created by Pat Clark, local artist and founder of Atelier 6000, a professional printmaking studio. “Shout Out” is available for purchase at all festival venues, and at NOW’s literary arts center, for $15. The Rising Star Creative Writing Competition is one of The Nature of Words’ creative writing programs. It is complemented by Words Without Walls, providing creative writing residencies in schools and alternative education settings, and The Storefront Project, offering creative writing workshops to students and adults. In this, the Rising Star’s sixth year, the competition’s judges were delighted with the caliber of submissions and to recognize the winners profiled here.
Louis H. Vowell III
AGE 15-18 CATEGORY WINNER: Teresa Lane, Vancouver, WA
WINNING ENTRY: “Mecca Beach” Teresa is a senior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, WA and is co-editor of the Wordsworth Literary Magazine. She will attend Washington State University in Vancouver.
HONORABLE MENTION: Anna Mae Zinn, Prineville, OR, “Cottonwood Dreams” Anna Mae, 17, is a graduate of Crook County High School. Jim Churchill-Dicks, her creative writing teacher at CCHS, and her parents, have played a major role in her writing.
AGE 19-25 CATEGORY WINNER: Elijah Goodall, Bend, OR WINNING ENTRY: “Eulogy Oak”
Elijah was born and raised in Bend. Writing, poetry in particular, is his method for processing experience, the feelings that result, and ideas that have been at the back of his mind.
Howard Bruner, Corvallis, OR, “Nevada” Howard has spent significant time working toward mastery of several artistic disciplines and has invested many years building a scientific careerin the belief that seeking knowledge is the best use of time. Megan Risley, Seattle, WA, “Dinner With My Father” Megan is a Washington transplant originally from Colorado. She has been a registered scuba diver and plays saxophone. Megan works full-time at a transcription company.
AGE 15-18 CATEGORY WINNER: Angelica Dawson, Bend, OR WINNING ENTRY: “Angel”
Angelica is a sophomore at Roseburg High School. She has written two books, and is an editor on her school newspaper. She knows that journalism is her career path.
Wyatt Strauslin, Eugene, OR, “Javier and the Manstalk” Wyatt, 16, is a student at North Eugene High School. Eleanor Ellis, Salem, OR, “When Evening Falls” He wants to live in a world where more people cherEleanor, 20, is a junior at Whitman College. Her poet- ish the art form of expressing one’s word in text. ry has been recognized in the Oregon State Student AGE 19-25 CATEGORY Poetry Contest, the national Manningham Student WINNER: Louis H. Vowell III, La Pine, OR Awards, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
AGE 25+ CATEGORY WINNER: Linda Beeman, Wallace, ID WINNING ENTRY: “Delores”
WINNING ENTRY: “Copeland” (Excerpt)
Linda is an award-winning nonfiction writer and poet living on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Her articles about South and Southeast Asian antique textiles have been published in periodicals including The Los Angeles Times, and the Foreign Service Journal.
Louis says he writes the past and relives years. He writes the present and tucks it away to age and improve. He simply writes.
HONORABLE MENTION: Lillian Jolly, Bend, OR, “Taggert’s List” Lillian, 19, the youngest of six children, is homeschooled. Her writing is mainly urban fantasy, but she also writes romance.
AGE 25+ CATEGORY: WINNER: Zane Bloom, Bend, OR WINNING ENTRY: “A Woman on Fire”
Zane, 29, recently relocated from Corvallis to Bend. She began writing her fifth novel, “A Woman on Fire,” last fall. She earned a BA in English Literature from Oregon State University and is attending OSU-Cascades.
AGE 15-18 CATEGORY WINNER: Sarah Sargent, Bend, OR WINNING ENTRY: “Connections”
Sarah Sargent moved to Bend from Washington. She has been writing since age six. Sarah won the Rising Star poetry competition for 15-18 year-olds two years ago.
AGE 19-25 CATEGORY No Winners AGE 25+ CATEGORY WINNER: Will George, Astoria, OR WINNING ENTRY: “The Plains Life”
Will George holds an MFA in creative writing and has worked as a freelance radio producer for NPR’s Living on Earth and Pacifica Network News. The Plains Life is an excerpt from his memoir, “River Soul.”
AGE 15-18 & 19-25 CATEGORIES No Winners AGE 25+ CATEGORY WINNER: Ginger Dehlinger, Bend, OR WINNING ENTRY: “Last Ride”
A native Oregonian, Ginger Dehlinger writes about the American West. She self-published a novel, “Brute Heart,” in 2010. Ginger conducts her own workshops, “Fundamentals of Self-Publishing,” and is an active participant in a local writing group.
Why I support (theNatureofWords) BOARD MEMBER SUSAN FOUNTAIN
BOARD MEMBER JOHN MARTIN
The Nature of Words Literary Festival was a great highlight for me when I returned to Bend after being away for many years. As an English teacher, I was thrilled to find an organization that celebrates and promotes literacy.The love of stories, writing them and reading them, is the most important gift we can give to our children.
Saws and hammers are for making houses; knives and bowls are for making food; words are for making meaning. I find that I need meaning as much as food and shelter, and The Nature of Words serves thoughtful, well-prepared meaning at a very reasonable price.
Last Book Read: “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett
Last Book Read: “A Complicated Kindness” by Miriam Toews
BOARD MEMBER SANDRA MILLER It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Directors of The Nature of Words for the last four years. I have been proud to be a part of the growth of the creative writing programs in the schools and now in downtown Bend. Last Book Read: “At Home” by Bill Bryson and “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” by Heidi Durrow The Bulletin • The Nature of Words 2011 | 5
SpeakNOW The Nature of Words’ inaugural SpeakNOW performance poetry competition was held October 5, 2011. Spoken word, or performance poetry, gives writers an opportunity to share their work and hone their public presentation skills. The competition, open to high-schoolers ages 14 to 18, attracted entrants from throughout Central Oregon. India Chilton won first place, which garnered her a cash prize and a scholarship to a guest author workshop at the festival. Brooke Lynn Bridge of Prineville won second place and Marissa Caudle of Bend won third place.
Rising Star Judges
Charles Finn, nonfiction and nature essay judge, is a poet, essayist and editor of The High Desert Journal. Before joining the Journal, Charles taught English as a foreign language in Hiroshima, Japan, for three years. Finn’s collection of 29 wildlife essays, Wild Delicate Seconds, will be published Spring 2012 by OSU Press. As a poet and essayist, his writings have appeared in over 50 literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and consumer magazines. He is also a columnist for The Source Weekly in Bend. Photo by Lynn Donaldson
Sarah Heekin Redfield, fiction judge, is a writing teacher, writing career consultant and author. Heekin Redfield has been an avid lifetime supporter of the literary arts as well as pursued her passions of writing, fashion retail, and entrepreneurship. Heekin Redfield has written for publications including Poets & Writers and Slow Food. She was awarded a fellowship for the Novel in Progress from Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon. She has been a presenter at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, and founded a national nonprofit fellowship program for new and emerging writers.
John Kvapil, poetry judge, is a poet, architect, member of The Nature of Words Board of Directors, and a founding member of the High Desert Poetry Cell. He was an Executive Editor of the Guys’ Big Book of Poetry and is currently on the Editorial Board for the Guys’ Home Relationship Maintenance and Repair Poetry Manual. Kvapil is also an architect and designed the Tower Theatre renovation, First Presbyterian Church, Bend and St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond.
Why I support (theNatureofWords) BOARD MEMBER BETH PATTERSON I support The Nature of Words because words are the currency of culture. The Nature of Words is committed to exploring, celebrating and playing with the power of experiencing our individual and collective voices through the medium of words. I appreciate the venues that staff and volunteers work within to bring the mission to life including schools, prisons, homeless shelters. Helping young people, marginalized people and the community as a whole to be more in love with words is a worthy investment of time and energy. I am proud to serve the organization and feel that I get much more from doing so than I can ever give. Last Book Read: “Rainbow Pie:A Redneck Memoir” by Joe Bageant
BOARD MEMBER MARGARET WOOD It is especially gratifying to see the inspiration that The Nature of Words fosters in young people. The Nature of Words provides opportunities to not only appreciate, but also to craft, the written and spoken word. It is an honor to serve an organization that encourages the voices in our culture to be heard. Last Book Read: “The Banquet Years” by Roger Shattuck
BOARD MEMBER KYLE WUEPPER As a member of the Board of Directors for the past three years, I have had the pleasure of helping The Nature of Words significantly expand its programs from hosting its annual November literary festival to also providing a creative-writing-in-the-schools program and creative writing workshops. The Nature of Words continues to be a leading literary nonprofit organization in Central Oregon and, with the support of the community, will continue to grow for years to come. Last Book Read: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein 6 | The Nature of Words 2011 • Official Guide
Workshops, Lectures & Panel Discussions THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
THE MIXED EXPERIENCE. Panel Discussion with Heidi Durrow and Aimée Nezhukumatathil—(Willie Hall, Campus Center, COCC) Heidi Durrow and Aimée Nezhukumatathil will share their insights, experiences and perspectives as writers who are children of mixed race parentage.
MARK SPRAGG: The Final Edit (Lecture and Q&A—Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC) Mark Spragg, acclaimed author of four novels, will discuss the last several passes a writer makes through his or her manuscript, including choices made in scene progression, narrative tension, and reworking sentences for rhythm and cadence.
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
HEIDI DURROW: Starting Small: Developing Your Novel from Idea to Manuscript—(Room 247) Focus on how to begin a new novel project, and how to create a sustainable roadmap to the manuscript’s successful completion. Durrow will provide inspiration, writing exercises, and advice on turning the blank page and an idea into a finished novel.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
WILLIAM KITTREDGE: Developing the Long Narrative: Stating the Question, Finding the Answers—(Room 117) A conversation about narrative intentions and practical writing, forms and scenes—interacting characters and dialogue and description—and how they interact. Start with an exercise in getting a scene going (fiction or creative non-fiction) and proceed from there.
AIMÉE NEZHUKUMATATHIL: Landscapes & Light: Poetry and the Natural World—(Room 114) See description above.
NANCY MAIRS: Points of Departure for the Personal Essay—(Room 115) Ponder points of departure for the personal essay and practice the process during a short writing period, followed by sharing and discussing our work and issues. KEITH SCRIBNER: Is that Fiction or Nonfiction? Writing Both Genres From the Same Work— (Room 248) Read and discuss selections by authors who publish both fiction and nonfiction, then write a nonfiction scene or passage. Read these drafts and brainstorm ideas and approaches for using the same material for fiction.
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
MARK SPRAGG: The Necessity of Beginner’s Mind (Lecture and Q&A—Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC) Mark Spragg will discuss finding that balance between a writer’s private and public selves, including a shift in focus between the process and the product.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
HEIDI DURROW: Starting Small: Developing Your Novel from Idea to Manuscript—Room 104) See description above. AIMÉE NEZHUKUMATATHIL: Landscapes & Light: Poetry and the Natural World—(Room 247) Learn what nature poetry can be—its deep-sea baubles, prairie grass-swish, and northern-light delights. Through carefully crafted immersions in writing (some outdoors, weather permitting), explore the Haibun form of poetry to record your own observations.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS: Harnessing the Power of Writer’s Block—(Room 104) Writer’s block can provide you with essential guidance in your writing. By learning how to embrace instead of fear it, and by taking the right action, you can create the best writing of your life.
SETH MNOOKIN: Using the Tools of Fiction in Non-fiction Writing—(Room 118) Discuss ways non-fiction writers can use the constraints of their genre to work in their favor and use them during the reporting and writing process. Also, discuss the difference between creative writing and creative license. KEVIN YOUNG: Black Cat Blues—(Room 117) What can the blues’ blurred notes and ironies, teach our writing? Examine blues poems and lyrics in a fresh way, and craft a “talking blues,” find fresh metaphors for the process of writing.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SETH MNOOKIN: The Panic Virus: Medicine, Science, and Truth in the Era of Truthiness (Lecture—Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC) Seth Mnookin’s latest book of groundbreaking research explores the controversies over vaccines and purported connection to developmental disorders, such as autism. Mnookin will explore how we decide what the truth is.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WILLIAM KITTREDGE: Developing the Long Narrative: Stating the Question, Finding the Answers— (Room 104) See description above. KEITH SCRIBNER: Writing Short-Short Stories From a Prompt—(Room 114) Read and discuss several short shorts, write your own short-short from a choice of prompts, discuss how these pieces might be opened up to a larger story or even a novel. KEVIN YOUNG: Black Cat Blues—(Room 117) See description above. * COCC = Central Oregon Community College
BUDDY WAKEFIELD: Unplugged—(Room 118) Learn about the art of performance poetry from this two-time World Slam Poetry Champion. The Bulletin • The Nature of Words 2011 | 7
Saturday, November 5, 2011 Guest Author Workshops & Lectures OSU-Cascades and COCC Campuses
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
More info: www.thenatureofwords.org/Festival
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • 7:30 p.m. Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony & Reception Book Launch for “Shout Out,” NOW’s 2011 anthology of student writing. Central Oregon Community College Library, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. Sponsored by the University of Oregon. Free to the public. Emcee: John Moseley, Special Assistant to the Provost, University of Oregon.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 4:00-5:15 p.m
Guest Author Panel with Heidi Durrow and Aimée Nezhukumatathil, The Mixed Experience. Central Oregon Community College, Willie Hall, Campus Center. Sponsored by Multicultural Activities of COCC, Associated Students of COCC and the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program. $35
Mark Spragg, The Final Edit. Lecture & Q&A Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC, $35
Friday, November 4, 2011 Guest Author Workshops & Lectures OSU-Cascades and COCC Campuses
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Workshops, $45
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Workshops, $45 Heidi Durrow, William Kittredge, Nancy Mairs, Keith Scribner
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Guest Author Readings & Book Signings Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend, $25 Sponsored by St. Charles Health System. Readings by (in order of appearance): Mark Spragg, Aimée Nezhukumatathil, Nancy Mairs, Augusten Burroughs. Emcee: Dr. Becky Johnson, Vice-President, OSU-Cascades
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus: Medicine, Science, and Truth in the Era of Truthiness (Lecture) Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC, $35
Lecture & Q&A with Mark Spragg, The Necessity of Beginner’s Mind. Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC, $35
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. – Workshops, $45
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. – Workshops, $45 Heidi Durrow, Aimée Nezhukumatathil, Buddy Wakefield ($35)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Umpqua Bank’s VIP Reception Sponsored by Umpqua Bank, 828 NW Wall St., Bend By invitation only for eligible sponsors and donors.
Augusten Burroughs, Aimée Nezhukumatathil, Seth Mnookin, Kevin Young
Guest Author Readings & Book Signings Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend., $25 Sponsored by St. Charles Health System. Readings by (in order of appearance): Seth Mnookin, Heidi Durrow, William Kittredge, Kevin Young. Emcee: Jim Diegel, President and CEO, St. Charles Health System
William Kittredge, Keith Scribner, Kevin Young
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Gala Author Dinner Century Center, 700 SW Century Drive, Bend. Friends Table: $75 person; Author Table: $110 per person. Keynote Introduction: Dr. James Middleton, President, Central Oregon Community College Keynote Speaker: Augusten Burroughs, plus brief readings by guest authors.
Sunday, November 6, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Author Reading & Open Mic Guest author Keith Scribner Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend., Free
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