ONLINE ONLY: Writers Working - Chickens and Eggs with Ellen Waterston

Central Oregon Writers Guild  Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 4/13/2021
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
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High desert author and poet Ellen Waterston discusses how blurring the lines between genres can allow writers more creativity and freedom with their writing.

High desert author and poet Ellen Waterston will explore what comes first, the chicken (what wants telling) or the egg (the style, genre or form that contains it). Poetry? Prose? Fiction? Nonfiction? What genre, within the medium of writing, and what form, what style within the genre, best befits the message? To what extent does the “message” wag the form and style? With the lines between genres, forms and styles more and more blurry, writers have unlimited creative liberty. A writing prompt will allow participants to experiment with this freedom.

Ellen Waterston has published four poetry and three literary nonfiction titles, including, most recently, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail, University of Washington Press, 2020. Hotel Domilocos, Moonglade Press, 2017 is her most recent collection of poetry. She is founder of the Writing Ranch, which conducts retreats for writers, and of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, recently adopted as a program of the High Desert Museum. She lives in central Oregon.

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The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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Contact: Paige M. Ferro
Contact Number: 541-312-1063
Presenter: Central Oregon Writers Guild
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