What we're about
Upcoming events (4+)
You are warmly invited to share your stories with StoryHelix, a community storytelling project.
For too long, many in our community have not been heard. Like strands of DNA, StoryHelix hopes to honor each of our community’s letters, and their juxtapositions, to hear one another, and to weave a new narrative together.
There are self-interview topics and questions to choose from if you need them, or you can freestyle it! You can take a poetic or straightforward approach. Whatever your experience has been -- good, bad, a strange mixture -- we are 'hear' for it.
For more information and to share your story, visit storyhelix.wordcrafters.org, or call[masked].
This project has rolling deadlines! Submit your story by the 28th!
(Hosted by Wordcrafters in partnership with Lane Arts, Strides for Social Justice, the Whiteaker Community Arts Team, and Minority Voices Theatre. )
Science Fiction / Fantasy Studio
Ages 12* and Up
Explore science fiction and fantasy writing in this after-school young writers studio with award-winning writer Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
Let’s create all kinds of people and send them on adventures! Unleash your imagination in these ninety-minute writing sessions! Explore prompts of all sorts: character generators, settings both exotic and close to home, ideas and situations to get you started.
We’ll do lots of writing, exploring, and talking about elements of story craft.
*While we recommend this class for ages 12 and up, the precocious or advanced younger writer may be welcome. Please email up to check.
About the Instructor
Nina Kiriki Hoffman has been selling science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories for many years. Her work has appeared in R. L. Stine’s Ghosts of Fear Street, Star Trek Voyager, Bruce Coville anthologies, Cicada Magazine, and many other magazines and anthologies.
8 Fridays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12,[masked]:30 PM PACIFIC
Wordcrafters in Eugene Online Zoom Studio
8 Sessions: Members $99 | Nonmembers $129
Drop-in $13 Members | $18 Nonmembers
Join Rainbow Reads–a young adult LGBTQIA2S+ book group for Lane County teens hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene in partnership with the Eugene Public Library! Rainbow Reads meets the first and third Monday of every month to discuss young adult literature for queer teens, by queer teens, and/or about queer teens. All teen readers across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome.
First Monday: Community building–group activities including LGBTQIA2S+ picture book storytime, guest LGBTQIA2S+ authors, discussing LGBTQIA2S+ artists, media, and issues, and recommending LGBTQIA2S+ works
Third Monday: Book club– in which we dive into the book of the month
To foster an inclusive space, a brief safe space policy will be read at the start of each meaning, and participants will be encouraged to share their preferred name and pronouns. Discussions will be kept to age-appropriate topics, and content warnings will be provided.
Eugene Public Library is giving away FREE BOOK BOXES to Rainbow Reads participants, which include one of our discussion books, a book mark, discussion questions, and surprise goodies. All yours to keep!
Stop by the downtown branch of the library or sign up on our website (https://wordcrafters.org/rainbow-reads/) to order this month’s book!
If the library runs out of giveaways and rentals, or you live outside of the Eugene/Springfield Metro area, Wordcrafters has digital and audio books available for the reading group to ensure all readers have access.
To Request your books visit: https://wordcrafters.org/rainbow-reads/
About the Facilitator:
Ben Brock was born in Eugene, OR, and has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a B.S. in Science at PSU—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek—and completed a capstone in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies.
With over a decade of experience in social media marketing, fundraising, and community relations management, Ben has worked for local authors, nonprofits, and publishing companies as a freelance writer.
Ben’s passion is LGBTQIA advocacy and spends his free time volunteering for LGBTQIA organizations, writing the queer stories he wished he grew up with, playing RPGs, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.
A reading and discussion group for writing instructors and aficionados!
You are warmly welcomed to a slow-moving book club where we read approximately one chapter per meeting, leaving plenty of time for close reading and thinking about implications for our own practices.
To foster an inclusive space, a brief brave space policy will be read at the start of each meeting, and participants will be encouraged to share their preferred name and pronouns.
For our first series, taking us through[masked], we’re going to be reading two books on reimagining the writing workshop past the writing workshop’s damaging traditions: Felicia Rose Chavez’s The AntiRacist Writing Workshop & Matthew Salesses‘ Craft in the Real World.
If purchasing these books poses a financial hardship, please contact bewriting at wordcraftersineugene dot org and we will work with you.
9/9: Felicia Rose Chavez--Intro: “Decolonizing the Creative Classroom” + Matthew Salesses--”Who is at the center of workshop, and who should be?”)
10/7: Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 1: “Preparing for Change”
11/11: Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 2: “Fostering Engagement, Mindfulness, and Generosity”
12/9: Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 3: “Instituting Reading and Writing Rituals”
1/13: Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 4: “Completing the Canon)”
2/10: Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 5: “Owning the Language of Craft” + Matthew Salesses-- “Pure Craft is a Lie”
3/10: Matthew Salesses: “What is Craft? 25 Thoughts”
4/14: Matthew Salesses: “Audience, Theme, and Purpose”
5/12: Matthew Salesses: “Redefining Craft Terms”
6/9: Matthew Salesses: “An Example From East Asian And Asian American Literature”
7/14: Matthew Salesses: “’The Reader’ Vs. POC”
8/11: Felicia Rose Chavez-- Chap 6: “Teaching Writers to Workshop”
9/8: Matthew Salesses: “Alternative Workshops” + Felicia Rose Chavez--Chap 7: “Conferencing as Critique”
10/13: Matthew Salesses: “Syllabus Example” + Felicia Rose Chavez-- “Sample Lesson Plans”
11/10: Matthew Salesses: “Workshopping Incomplete Drafts” “Against Page Limits” + “Four Things To Grade”
12/8: Felicia Rose Chavez-- Chap 8: “Promoting Camaraderie and Collective Power”
This book club arose out of Wordcrafters Teacher Talks Series. We’re welcoming in the greater writing community to continue learning and growing together.
This series is free and open to the public! It is also unfunded. We are putting this event on because we want these conversations to happen in our community. If you want to see work like this continue, consider a donation to Wordcrafters to help support these efforts at reexamining our craft!
About the Facilitator:
Leah Velez is a writer and interdisciplinary teaching artist, with over twelve years of experience with children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and senior citizens. She has taught in public schools, alternative schools, summer camps, prisons, universities, and dance studios. Leah focuses on nurturing creativity–and examining the power structures behind the way we think, create, and move. Leah was born and raised in the city of Chicago, the child of political activists. As a fiction writer, she explores intergenerational trauma, whiteness, monstrosity, the impact of place, family relationships, and power, at the intersections of humor and horror. Creative mediums: Writing, Dance, Visual Arts, Cello, and D&D. www.leahvelez.com
--[masked] Group Meeting Dates:
Sept 9 | Oct 7* | Nov 11 | Dec 9 Jan 13 | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | Apr 14
May 12 | June 9 | July 14 | Aug 11 Sept 8 | Oct 6* | Nov 10 | Dec 8
Wordcrafters in Eugene Online Studio via Zoom