Free workshop features Poet Laureate

The TVCC English Department invites you to join Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen in a writing workshop dedicated to generating new work. Petersen will provide a free workshop and a reading on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. The public is invited to attend and no registration is required.

Petersen's goal is to have each participant leave the workshop with a trove of new material. What participants write may turn out to be memoir or poetic prose or poems or fiction. All levels of experience are welcome. This is a workshop for beginners and experienced writers alike. This workshop will not be genre-specific.

Please bring a journal or notebook and pen or pencil. Each participant is expected to do considerable writing and should bring a reasonably large notebook or journal.

After the workshop. Petersen will give a reading beginning at 7:30 pm. The schedule for the evening event follows:

5:30-7:15 pm Writing Workshop
7:15-7:30 pm Break
7:30-8:30 pm Reading
8:30-9:00 pm Talk, sign books, etc.

Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen was appointed by Governor Kulongowski in 2010, and reappointed by Governor Kitzhaber in 2012. By fall of 2013, Petersen had traveled over 23,000 miles inside the state of Oregon as Poet Laureate, giving hundreds of workshops and readings and keynotes in her role as an ambassador for poetry.

Funded by the incomparable Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon's poet laureate program is a collaborative project of the State's five cultural partners— Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Matt Stringer at 541-889-8191.