Thursday, April 19, 2012


Join us next Thursday the 26th for evening of great reading and flights of fantasy! The meeting will begin as 4th Grade Book Contest winner Aryana Foster and runner-up Aspen Geisen, share their illustrated books. Aryana, a student at Central Christian School, will share her delightful story, The Mystery of the Missing Clown, and Aspen will share his adventure, Monkey Madness. The Guild presentation follows their previous successful author readings at the Redmond Library reception and book signing on March 3rd and the Redmond Rotary Club on April 12. We look forward to their presentations!
Our featured speaker is Bend author Mary Pax whose topic is, “Author's Platform and Building a Blog”. Mary, the Guild’s Blog Director, is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author whose writings include Semper Audacia, Plantgirl, Translations and Small Graces. Her book The Backworlds will be released in May. Her short story Beacons was awarded 4th place in the Guild’s 2009 Literary Harvest writing contest and is published in 2009 edition of the Literary Harvest chapbook. Her novelette The Tumbas is scheduled to be published later this year. Mary will share her stories along with how to develop an author’s platform and build blogs guaranteed to bring the readers back for more. Mary resides in Bend with her husband and two cats. During the summer, she is a docent at the Pine Mountain Observatory, where she shares with visitors her knowledge of stars and the universe. As she likes to say, “The Stars are Just the Beginning.” To learn more about Mary, her writing and love of science fiction and fantasy, visit her blog,
Central Oregon Writers Guild meetings are free and open to the public. The Thursday April 26 meeting location is the Redmond Library, 827 SW Deschutes, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. For information about the Guild, its mission, programs, membership and volunteer opportunities, contact President Elsie Rochna at 541-923-0896 or via email,

March 22 Meeting Notes:

We were pleased to have Sisters author Bill Birnbaum, who shared stories from his memoir, A Lifetime of Small Adventures. Bill recounted events starting with his mischievous boyhood to his adventurous adulthood and he related lessons learned along the way. Bill talked about how his writing evolved and he provided guidance about the ways in which he incorporated into his memoir the interesting characters he encountered on his journeys. We thank Bill for an interesting, informative and entertaining evening of tales that captivated his audience and made us want to hear more. He reports he does, in fact, have another book in the works. Look forward to reading it, Bill!

Upcoming Events:

Thursday May 24—“Better Know Your Guild”, Redmond Library, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. In advance of the Guild’s 10th anniversary next month, this session will focus on our past, present and future, as we seek feedback and recommendations from members. The session will be conducted by our Board of Directors, and will be an interactive and we hope lively discussion. Note: We will not be hosting the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour at the May 24th meeting. We only recently learned about the Literary Arts schedule change, which will does not include Central Oregon that week.

Thursday, June 28Central Oregon Writers Guild 10th Anniversary Celebration, COCC Redmond Campus, Building 3 Room 306. Featured speaker: Guild founder Cindy Prescher. Come join us as we mark this important milestone, see how our Guild has grown, and revisit memorable moments in our history. Refreshments will be served!

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