Beachside/Yachats 2016

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What: Beachside/Yachats Writers Workshop, where we’ll not only teach you and inspire you but feed you too.

Next session: Feb. 26-28, 2016.

Times: Friday 6:30 p.m.-Sunday 1 p.m.

Location: Yachats Commons, Yachats, Ore.

Teachers: Bob Welch, Register-Guard columnist and author of 18 books, of Eugene; Jane Kirkpatrick, novelist and author of 26 books (more than one million in print), of Bend; and Roger Hite, expert on self-publishing and author of more than two dozen books, of Eugene. 

Purpose: To affirm participants as writers and go intensively into the nuances of good fiction (Kirkpatrick) and good non-fiction (Welch). To explore publishing possibilities. To gain confidence and literary discernment through reading aloud. And to do all this in a relaxing, affirming atmosphere while smelling of campfire smoke from Friday night’s s’moresfest.

Focus: Inspiration from Bob and Jane Friday night in an all-group setting. Workshops Saturday and Sunday with read-aloud sessions Saturday night. (Note: Reading aloud is encouraged, not required.) Meanwhile, we’ll break into small groups so you can exchange ideas with folks who like to write the kind of stuff you like to write.

Attendees: First 50 to register. Writers of all levels will feel comfortable at this workshop. Often we hear, “Oh, I’m no writer. I’ve never been published. I’ll be out of my league.” Experience suggests you’ll fit in well regardless of how far along the writing path you are.

Food: Friday night coffee and snacks, followed by traditional Beachside s’moresfest at session’s end, about 9:20 p.m. Saturday breakfast and Oregon Coast lunch, the latter for which your guests are invited. (Dinner on your own Saturday night.) Sunday brunch.

Cost: $329 (Includes workshop, notebook, three meals, snacks, and, of course, our famous Friday Night S’moresfest. Lodging on your own.) Doc Stenstrom Scholarship: For the third time, we are offering a full $329 scholarship to an individual for the Feb. 26-28, 2016 event in Yachats. It is named in honor of Dr. Bill Stenstrom, 90, of Vida, who died Feb. 18, 2013. At the time of his death, Stenstrom had attended a record seven Beachside events and had registered for an eighth. A long-retired physician, Doc was a gentle soul who seldom spoke but commanded attention when he did, who endeared himself to many and who correctly diagnosed my case of shingles during the 2012 event. He punctuated his final years with Beachside by publishing one family history book and getting well through a second. The scholarship will be given to a person who, in an essay not to exceed 400 words, expresses a passion for writing, a thirst for learning and a legitimate financial need. Essays must be sent as Word attachments or e-mail text to info@bobwelch.net by midnight Jan. 15, 2016. Write “Stenstrom.Yourname” in the e-mail’s subject box. (For example: “Stenstrom.CarolineSmith”). That way, we can easily search our In Box to make sure we haven’t missed anybody’s entry. A five-person panel — including Stenstrom’s daughter, Milly Gagnon, of Minnesota — will make the decision, which will be announced by Feb. 1, 2016. Questions: info@bobwelch.net.

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