Since Beachside Writers Workshops began in 2005, nearly one thousand people have been part of one of our events. Nineteen workshops have been held. And, at our Yachats event, nearly one thousand marshmallows have been roasted — or burned — at the traditional “s’mores fest” following the Friday night opening session.
People who attend our workshops enjoy learning in a relaxed, lighthearted, non-threatening atmosphere. Though we encourage it, students aren’t forced to read their work aloud — or to sing their high school fight songs.
Beachside Writers Workshops are designed for people who simply want to write better. They are for all sorts of beginning and intermediate writers, from those who aspire to have a book published to those who simply want to write an engaging family memoir. Our goal isn’t to crank out published authors (though we have had plenty). Our goal is to affirm you as a writer, inspire you to be better and feed you so much great food that you’ll want to come back for seconds — and many have. About a third of our students have returned for one or more workshops. A handful have attended six or more.
Our 2014 schedule
— Feb. 28-March 2, 2014. Beachside/Yachats. Yachats Commons. Award-winning novelist Jane Kirkpatrick and print-on-demand guru Roger Hite join Bob for our annual “flagship” event. First 50 people to sign up.
— May 17, 2014. Beachside/Memoir I. Eugene Garden Club. From idea to print, how you can write, edit and have a printed book done within a year. First 50 to sign up. Registration starts March 3, 2014. (Not required to take Memoir II.)
— June 27, 2014. Beachside/Black Butte The one-day Beachside/Black Butte workshop will blend inspiration and instruction that will uplift both fiction and non-fiction writers alike. It is aimed at beginning and intermediate-level writers who have a passion to learn, grow and explore the amazing power of words — all in one of Oregon’s most beautiful settings, Black Butte Ranch.
— Sept. 27, 2014. Beachside/Memoir II. This unique workshop marks the end of a three-month process in which: a) Welch will read, and assess, the first 2,000 words of your memoir; b) Roger Hite will take your finished product and, with other memoirs from the class, create an actual book so you can see how others are beginning their stories; and c) most of the workshop will be spent discussing the journey thus far and reading aloud from your memoirs. Registration starts May 28, 2014. (Not required to take Memoir I, although you need to turn in the first 2,000 words of your memoir to be included in the book.)
— November 15, 2014. Beachside/McKenzie, Vida McKenzie Community Center. First 25 to sign up. Info and registration to post Aug. 1, 2014.