Manzanita Writers’ Series Expands Offerings to Include Writing Workshops “Online and at the Beach”

This May, the Manzanita Writers’ Series expands offerings to include writing workshops “Online and at the Beach,” as part of HoffOnline, a new Hoffman Center for the Arts program that will offer writing and visual arts workshops.

In its ninth year, the writers’ series brings regional authors to the coast for author readings and workshops. To augment that program, ONLINE AND AT THE BEACH will provide more in-depth instruction online over a five-week period. Students will be able to work on their own schedule as well as interact with the instructor and fellow students.

The initial series begins May 1, and culminates in an optional writing retreat weekend in Manzanita the weekend of June 2-4, 2017. Registrations open April 1, at hoffmanblog.org.

Jennie Shortridge will teach “Putting Your Prose to Work.” Whether you write fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction, every word, sentence, and scene must do more than one job, and with concision. Learn how to make your prose do more in service of your story, pacing, characterization, themes, and voice. This course is for advanced beginners and intermediate writers.

Megan Kruse will teach “Creativity Catalyst.” Learn about and try your hand at three different forms–poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Gain confidence in your own voice, and get comfortable giving and receiving positive, constructive workshop critiques. This is a great class for beginning or seasoned writers who want to generate new material and experiment with different genres in a supportive, low-pressure environment.

The optional weekend retreat will allow students to meet their instructor and fellow students, enjoy additional craft writing sessions on building tension even in quiet stories, and on the transformative power of setting and “stuff.” After a session on effective open mic readings, participants will have an opportunity to read their work at Open Mic. Optional activities will include “Yoga for Writers,” hikes and a fun Prompt-O-Rama (a new writing prompt every five minutes for an hour).

Registrations open April 1, at hoffmanblog.org. Each online workshop (5 weeks worth of sessions) is $199, with an added $99 for the full retreat weekend.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into many languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks.

Megan Kruse studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org





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