BEACHSIDE/Sisters brings together two longtime writers and longtime friends, Kirkpatrick and Welch, who met in Bend in the early 1980s when Bob was Jane’s first writing teacher. The setting was a Central Oregon Community College adult ed class. Bob had never taught before, Jane had never really written before. But the class sparked a friendship that’s lasted more than 30 years and, since 2008, has included the two of them teaming up to lead Beachside events in Yachats and, now, Central Oregon.
Beachside Sisters marks the 26th workshop in the last 10 years. It’s likely that one of our attendees will become Beachside’s 1,000th person to register. (And, yep, that person will get a free registration!)
Attendees will be inspired to take their fiction or nonfiction writing to new levels through an array of teaching styles, some of which we’ve implemented in response to feedback from attendees at past workshops:
— Workshops led by Bob and Jane.
— One-on-one opportunities with Bob and Jane.
— Small-group gatherings.
— A read-aloud session.
— A panel involving a veteran novelist (Jane) and a would-be-novelist (Bob).
— Writing exercises.
— Spontaneous conversations with your fellow attendees.
You’ll learn. You’ll grow. You’ll laugh. And you’ll gain inspiration, all in the relaxed and affirming atmosphere that has helped Beachside Writers become one of the Northwest’s premiere “boutique” workshops.
What people are saying:
“I have never experienced such a workshop where I was pampered, validated for who I am, inspired and invigorated.”
— Carole Linneman, Gresham
“Each year the Beachside Writers Workshop is like an inspirational kick in the pants for me. Bob and Jane leave you feeling like you can write and should be writing your stories. The instruction is fun-filled and practical, and the food outrageous.”
— Kirk Kneeland, Eugene
“With signature warmth, wit, and wisdom, Bob Welch and Jane Kirkpatrick share an engaging chemistry as instructors. Whatever your reason for writing, give yourself a gift: attend this workshop.”
— Michelle Koehn, Eugene
“I was impressed by the mingling of presentation topics for fiction and non-fiction writing, and the blending of your two styles. I was encouraged, inspired to write, and impressed with your variety of examples and excerpts. Bob and Jane both led us and listened to our writings, and skillfully guided the discussions, yet knew when to let the students lead.”
— Marilyn Von Seeger, Coburg
At Beachside/Sisters, you’ll receive more than just great instruction. You’ll get:
— A chance, through an online survey, to help decide what some of our “wildcard” workshops will be.
— A notebook packed with both inspiration and information.
— Your own Beachside Writers water bottle.
— A continental breakfast by FivePine (Friday).
— A lunch catered by FivePine (Friday).
— The chance to share thoughts on writing with people bonded by a common love of writing but coming from diverse backgrounds, in a small, upbeat, affirming atmosphere.
— Personal interaction with Bob and Jane, unlike at some events that use a name or two to draw in people and then turn you over to far less experienced teachers.
— A chance to spend time in one of Oregon’s premiere small towns, packed with great restaurants and shopping, and surrounded by an array of outdoor opportunities.
The tentative schedule
Note: At Beachside, we customize our workshops to meet the needs of the majority of our attendees. Thus while offering a number of predetermined workshops, will we “fine tune” the schedule after sending surveys to you, our attendees, to see what you want.
Thursday, June 4
12:30 p.m. — Registration. Check in. Settle in.
1 p.m. — Inspiration from Bob and Jane. Getting to know each other.
2 p.m. — Workshop 1:
Bob: “The Nonfiction Writing Experience.”
Jane: “Structuring Scenes That Make Your Stories Sing.”
3 p.m. — Break
3:10 p.m. — Writing Assignment 1, plus one-on-one sessions. (Five sessions each for Bob and Jane)
4:10 p.m. — Workshop 2
Research, the oft-forgotten foundation to great stories, Bob and Jane
5:15 p.m. — Dinner on your own.
7 p.m. — Read aloud session.
9 p.m. — Day One complete. Go look at the stars. Go to bed. Go write your novel.
Friday, June 5
8 a.m. — Continental breakfast. Coffee. Tea. Hot chocolate. S’mores.
8:30 a.m. — Workshop 3
Bob: “If I Could Tell You Only 10 Things to Improve Your Writing, These Are Them.”
Jane: “Silencing the Negative Harpies”
9:30 a.m. — Writing Assignment 2, plus one-on-one sessions. (Five sessions each for Bob and Jane.)
10:30 a.m. — Break
10:40 a.m. — Mr. Miyagi and the Karate Kid: The rookie Bob quizzes The Master, Jane, about writing a novel.
11:40 a.m. — Special interest groups.
12:30 p.m. — Lunch.
1:30 p.m. — Workshop 4
Bob: Subject chosen by survey of attendees.
Jane: Subject chosen by survey of attendees.
2:30 p.m. — Wild-card session to be determined by survey of attendees.
3:30 p.m. — Break
3:45 p.m — Wild-card session to be determined by survey of attendees.
4:45 p.m. — Debriefing. What each of you is taking away — and any final questions.
5:30 p.m. — Time to go change the world, one word at a time.
Cost: $199 before May 4, $209 after. (May pay with Pay Pal or check; see registration page.) Full payment is due at time of registration. Though FivePine does offer a limited number of accommodations, attendees are on their own for finding places to stay.
Cancellation policy: You may cancel at any time up to 30 days prior to the start date and receive a refund, less a $25 non-refundable deposit. After that, we will be happy to credit you your registration amount for a future workshop or you may send someone else to take your place. However, no refunds are given within 30 days of the event.