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Oregon Book Awards Authors Visit North Bend

Authors Geri Doran, George Estreich and Heather Vogel Frederick will give a free reading at the North Bend Public library (1800 Sherman Avenue) on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m.

In addition, authors George Estreich and Heather Vogel Frederick will offer free writing workshops at the library on May 30th and May 31st. Both workshops are free but space is limited and participants are asked to register by emailing Susan Denning at susan@literary-arts.org.


George Estreich

Teach Your Readers: Creative Nonfiction and Making the Most of What You Know
A workshop with George Estreich
6:00 – 8:0p.m. Wednesday, May 30th
A writer is a teacher. We value writers of essay, memoir, and nonfiction, not only for their finely wrought sentencesor experiments in form, but also for what they can teach us. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to move from topics to subjects. Reading brief published excerpts, using writing prompts,and discussing your writing, we’ll look at the imaginative possibilities of what you already know.

Heather Vogel Frederick

Much Ado About Middle Grade: Mastering Setting, Character & Plot
A workshop with Heather Vogel Frederick
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31st
Middle-grade fiction is a place where anything can happen, from a voyage aboard a 19th-century whaling ship to a school called Hogwarts, from an espionage organization where the secret agents have whiskers and tails to a spell gone awry that leaves a seventh grader spouting toads. But when the sky’s the limit, how do you choose a surefire setting, populate it with memorable characters, and develop a compelling storyline that is catnip to editors and readers alike? Come prepared to listen, to write, and to share in this hands-on workshop geared to helping you fuel your creative fire and overcome fear of the blank page.

About the Authors Appearing in North Bend:

Geri Doran

Geri Doran Geri Doran has written two poetry collections: the Oregon Book Award finalist Sanderlings and Resin, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, she now teaches poetry in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.

George Estreich has taught writing at Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oregon State University. His book, The Shape of the Eye, is a 2012 Oregon Book Award winner. The Shape of the Eye is an at-home dad’s memoir about raising a daughter with Down syndrome, setting one child’s story against the stories associated with her diagnosis.

Heather Vogel Frederick, whose eleven middle-grade novels range from historical to contemporary, is the author of two picture books and eleven novels, including Oregon Book Award winner The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, and the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club and Spy Mice series. Her most recent book in the Mother-Daugher book club series, Pies and Prejudice, is a 2012 Oregon Book Award finalist.

Both workshops are free but space is limited and participants are asked to register by emailing Susan Denning at susan@literary-arts.org.

Local support for this tour comes from the Friends of the North Bend Public Library and the Coos County Cultural Coalition.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

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