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Oregon Book Award Author Tour, North Bend

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North Bend Public Library
1800 Sherman Ave.
North Bend

March 15, 2013, 4 p.m.


On Friday, March 15, Katie Kacvinsky will offer a free writing workshop at the North Bend Public Library (1800 Sherman Ave): Falling into Young Adult Fiction

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. In this workshop, Katie will discuss how she fell into writing young adult fiction, and how it’s possible for every writer to pursue this amazing genre. She’ll discuss the one crucial element she needed to learn in order to publish YA, as well as the one piece of writing advice it took her ten years to unlearn before she was successful. She’ll also share some of her writing secrets that have made this process a joy every step of the way.

On Saturday, March 16, Kerry Cohen, Aria Minu-Sepehr and Carrie Seitzinger will be at the North Bend Public Library. Three free writing workshops will be offered with the following schedule:

12:00 p.m. Poetry Workshop, taught by Carrie Seitzinger. Practice a new way to find and use poetry writing prompts. Write a poem, learn basic steps to edit and shape your poem, and work on your craft with other writers in this supportive group environment.

1:00 p.m. The Black Sheep of Nonfiction taught by Aria Minu-Sepehr. Unlike other nonfiction formats, the memoir is guided by its own conventions. In this workshop, participants will review the formal difference between nonfiction and the more “creative” memoir. Then, participants will look at a few central tools available to a memoirist, including “compression” and “rounding the corner,”  to see what possibilities emerge when the writer is liberated from the narrow expectations of typical nonfiction. A brief writing exercise will follow.

2:00 p.m. Writing Memoir, taught by Kerry Cohen. Memoir is the story of your memories. This means that two things matter most in memoir: the story and the recounting of memories. What does this mean in terms of how accurate your memory has to be? And what does this mean in terms of shaping a story from those memories? In this workshop participants will  discuss what their memoir might be and how to get at its truth. Participants should come prepared to do a short writing exercise.


The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brings our state’s most accomplished writers to 8-10 communities each year. We work with local librarians, bookstore owners, literary organizations, and writing groups to develop tour activities that connect and inspire Oregon’s readers and writers. The tour includes public readings, free workshops and book group and school visits.

The workshops will be followed by a reading at 3:00 p.m. with the writers.