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Writing, in the present tense

Published on February 12, 2018 8:19PM

Writing as a tool for mindfulness will be the subject of a Willamette Writers workshop led by author and editor Susan DeFreitas this Sunday, Feb. 18, in Newport.

DeFreitas will explore how storytellers and poets help to reveal the world around us and how writing can deepen our sense of place.

Participants will explore both poetry and prose, gaining tools for “seeing and saying” what often goes unnoticed in the rush of our daily lives. Appropriate for seasoned writers and curious newcomers alike, the class will incorporate elements of natural history, the poetic tradition and contemporary literature of the West.

DeFreitas is the author of the novel “Hot Season,” which won the 2017 Gold IPPY Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain West. Her creative work has appeared in (or is forthcoming from) The Writer’s Chronicle, The Utne Reader, Story, Southwestern American Literature and Weber — The Contemporary West, along with more than 20 other journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Pacific University and lives in Portland, where she serves as a collaborative editor with Indigo Editing & Publications.

The free workshop will run from 2 to 4 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information about Willamette Writers, go to http://willamettewriters.com/coast/or.

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