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Waterston workshop begins January 17th

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Ellen Waterson’s “The Story You Came To Tell” Workshop Starts January 17th
Popular Seven-Session Series Helps Writers Explore Poetry, Fiction and Literary Nonfiction

Bend, Ore. — Dec.19, 2011. Award-winning author and poet Ellen Waterston will lead her popular seven-series workshop, “The Story You Came To Tell,” starting Tuesday, January 17, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Waterston, founder and Executive Director of The Nature of Words, invites new writers and those with ongoing projects to gain experience and inspiration, while taking their writing to the next level. The seven-series workshop explores poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a special emphasis on the relationship of literary nonfiction and fiction. The series includes in-class writing prompts, reading and writing assignments. The class meets Tuesdays from January 17 through February 21 at The Nature of Words, 224 NW Oregon Ave. in Bend. The workshop concludes with a reading on February 23. To enroll, visit Central Oregon Community College’s Community Learning link.  Class number is 16809 and the fee for the entire series is $289.
Feedback from students in previous workshops includes these comments:
“You have the natural gift of a great teacher, always giving exactly the information we needed at the right moment in our progression as writers. Thank you for offering these workshops.” — Carol Sternkopf, Bend, OR

“Your ability to connect with each person in class is inspiring. This is certainly a gift you possess. Your encouragement and suggestions…have motivated me to become a more complete and accomplished writer.”—Michael Reeves, Christmas Valley, OR

“Thank you seems a meager sentiment to express my gratitude for what you’ve given me. Taking your class has opened creative gates that have been shut for many years. May other fledgling writers bask in the glow of your support.”—Dee DelDrago, Bend, OR
About Ellen Waterston
Just released in December 2011 by Fishtrap, Inc., Cold Snap, assorted writings by Ellen Waterston, is available at Where The Crooked River Rises, a collection of Ellen Waterston’s award-winning personal and nature essays about Central Oregon’s High Desert, was published by OSU Press in fall 2010. She was the winner of the 2008 NW Perspectives Essay Contest. Waterston’s memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, was rated one of the top ten books by the Oregonian in 2003. Poetry awards include the 2009 and 2005 WILLA Award in Poetry for her collections Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, respectively, and the 2007 Obsidian Prize in Poetry. Waterston has been awarded many writing residencies including, in 2011, Playa, Fishtrap’s Werner Fellowship, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She was one of two 2011 finalists for the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers. Waterston delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Women Writing the West Conference in Seattle.