Friday, April 22, 2011

April Meeting Features Debra Gwartney

Author, editor and writing instructor Debra Gwartney is the scheduled speaker at Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday April 28 meeting. Her topic is "Four Common Pitfalls of Memoir Writing."

Ms. Gwartney’s memoir Live Through This was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the Books for a Better Life Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book Award. It was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by The Oregonian. Ms. Gwartney is co‑editor with her husband, writer Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. She has published articles and creative works in dozens of magazines, journals and newspapers including The New York Times. A two-time recipient of the annual teaching award at Portland State University, she is now on the faculty of Pacific University’s MFA program and teaches private workshops in many venues. Ms. Gwartney lives in Western Oregon with her husband, the writer Barry Lopez. She is the mother of four grown daughters. Her website is

**The meeting will also feature Caleb Rosen and Megan Alldredge, winner and runner-up of the 2011 Redmond Schools 4th Grade Book Contest, co-sponsored by COWG. Caleb and Megan will read their winning entries.

The Guild’s Thursday April 28, 2011 location is at Central Oregon Community College Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Building 3 Room 306, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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