“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”
“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”
“The answer to life is ‘Yes.’”
Beginning a work with a single quote is a well-supported go-to for writers; three is ridiculous. So are semi-colons. But I’ll refer you to Quote #1.
And this is not a work: this is THE WORK. If you are joining us at the table, you have tacitly or otherwise self-identified as a writer. So enough of this, “I don’t really write, I’m not really a writer,” business.
Because I am a writer. I write. I am interested in getting better at it, and I believe one of the ways to do that is to practice it in the company of other writers. Let’s do this.
To Whom It May Concern:
Credentials: MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, Oregon State University
Street Cred: Publications in The Feminist Wire, Indolent Books Projects Poems in the Aftermath & What Rough Beast, phoebe, Denver Quarterly, Manifest-Station, others.
Author: COMMITTAL, a poet-friendly speculative spy-fy novel about family from VA Press; spare change: poems, from Finishing Line Press, finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for poetry.
Teaching: Writing workshop co-facilitator, Blank Pages Workshops, with the handsome and talented Michael Cooper; workshop facilitator for special programs at Deschutes Library, MUSE, COCC Continuing Education.
"The classes that I have taken in poetry and writing from COCC have been better and more helpful than the extension courses I have taken at UCLA."
Finalist for the 2022 Stafford/Hall Award, Oregon Book Awards,
Literary Arts for spare change
Hear Irene read from her novel Committal (starts at 14:15)
Look for FOUND, a taut domestic thriller, forthcoming in 2022!
“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost,
it reminds us that we are alive
and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”
“There is no real ending.
It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
“The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation.”
“With enough butter, anything is good.”
People want to hear stories and poems. They want their emotions jangled and their minds bent, their perception of existence questioned,
their reality suspended, their world taken apart
and put back together again. And for that, they need you to write.
Mike is a graduate of the OSU MFA Writing Program.
He writes short and long fiction, and teaches writing at COCC and and OSU Cascades and Creative Writing Workshops in Central Oregon with his beautiful and gifted wife.
A couple of Mike's Classes:
Link to The Hero's Journey
Link to Beginnings, Middles, and Endings