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Let's Meetup and discuss aspects of the craft of writing.

Let's Meetup and discuss aspects of the craft of writing.

Or just hang out and do some writing in a relaxing atmosphere. Whatever your level or expertize… you are an asset to the group. Make yourself at home. There are comfortable couches and chairs to sit on and Complimentary WI-FI on-site


Bob Welch

He will also be sharing some of his latest books.

Bob Welch is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

As head of Pebble in the Water Inspiration, Welch has keynoted conferences, workshops and retreats across America, tugging at hearts, tickling funny bones, and inspiring people to be ripples on life’s waters. Among his speaking highlights was being asked to keynote the dedication ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a plaque honoring WWII nurse Frances Slanger. It was Welch’s book about Slanger, American Nightingale, that convinced legislators to honor the Boston nurse.

“Forget the hyperbole,” said Julie Zander, organizer of the Association of Personal Historians conference in Portland in 2006. “Our 261 participants scored Welch a 4.81 on a 5.0-scale.”

A storyteller by nature, Welch mines much of his speaking fodder  from the 15 books he’s authored and the nearly 2,000 columns he’s written for The Register-Guard, Oregon’s second-largest newspaper, since 1999. He has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’s highest award for writing. In addition, he has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Best Writing” awards. Other honors include the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.

Three new Welch books will hit the shelves in late 2012: Fifty-Two Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life (Nashville: Thomas Nelson); Resolve: From WWII Bataan, the Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept. (New York: Penguin’s Berkley Books); and Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. (Eugene: AO Creative).

A previous book about a heroic World War II nurse, American Nightingale (Atria Books, 2004), was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A follow-up book, Pebble in the Water (AO Creative, 2008), amplifies the author’s American Nightingale experience from an idea written on a Wendy’s napkin to the four years it took before the book was published. And details the life lessons learned along the way. In 2008, Easy Company Soldier (St. Martin’s Press) earned the No. 1 in the country among’s World War II/Western Front books. The book is about Don Malarkey, an Astoria, Oregon-born member of the well-known “Band of Brothers” unit made famous by historian Steven Ambrose and an HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Welch’s 1999 book, A Father for All Seasons, about the seasons of fathers and sons, won the Gold Medallion Award for Family & Parenting.

Articles of Welch’s have been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

In addition, he has had articles published in such magazines as Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated and Runner’s World.

In 2005, Welch founded the Beachside Writers Workshop in the Oregon coast town of Yachats. Since then, more than 500 students have attended the 15 workshops. In 2010 it expanded to include a Beachside/McKenzie event on Oregon’s McKenzie River and plans are afoot to add a Beachside/Eugene event in January 2013.

Welch has been asked to speak at the National Writers Workshops and has served as a judge for numerous writing contests, including the Erma Bombeck Humor Writing awards.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene. They are parents of two adult sons, who also live in Eugene with their families, and grandparents of four. Welch enjoys sailing, backpacking, used-bookstore browsing and University of Oregon sports spectating.

Specifically: In the Lobby, by the Fireplace.
Cost: $1.00
Contact: Kel[masked] or Bryan[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I personally felt motivated and inspired after listening to his point of view. I will be watching to see if I can get in on one of his seminars in the future.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great presentation by Bob - such a prolific writer. I really like his down to earth style and hope to attend his memoir workshops!

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent Excellent,Bob Welch was inspiring. Thanks. Many Thanks.

    December 3, 2013

  • Simone L.

    Enjoyable, I'll be back...

    December 3, 2013

  • Dane W.

    I've got the grandbaby this morning. I wasn't supposed to, but I can't get away. I can't believe I'm going to miss this one. Ugh.

    December 3, 2013

  • Jennifer Newcomb M.

    Really wish I could make this, but have a scheduling conflict.

    December 2, 2013

  • Randi E G.

    I'm doing the Harry and David call center thing. I'll see you guys in a couple of weeks. Miss the group already!

    December 2, 2013

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