CHM Event

Oregon Writers Day

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery

Celebrate the Craft of Writing!

3rd Annual Writers event to celebrate local authors and the craft of writing. Dio Morales will offer a workshop on memoir writing, as well as speak about her latest book. We will have a concurrent workshop on Sci Fi/Fantasy. The event will culminate with readings and awards from our creative writing competition. Whether you are a seasoned author, or beginner, join us for this fun, local event to meet your fellow community writers and readers.

1:00-2:00 Writer Workshops – Preregister $10 adult/$8 student

  • Memoir Writing
  • Sci Fi/Fantasy Fiction

2:00-2:45 Dio Morales Author Reading and Q&A – Free

3:00-4:00 Writing Contest Readings and Awards – Free

Dio Morales earned her MFA from Oregon State University, where she now works as publishing manager for the OSU Extension. Homing Instincts, her first essay collection, highlights her bi-coastal sense of place and explores the many ways we define a sense of home at different points in our lives.  Her writing has appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Colorado Review, and has twice made the “Notables” list for Best American Essays.

Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington and he teaches poetry, African American Literature, and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in Fjords Review: Black American Edition, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow Chair Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawaii Review, and others.  He is a NEH Summer Institute Scholar and a Cave Canem Fellow.

Oregon Writers Day Submissions Deadlines

Deadline for Poetry and Fiction: Friday, July 13, 2018

      • Poetry
        • Up to five submissions accepted
        • Must be no more than two pages
      • Fiction–Short Stories
        • Must not exceed 2,000 words (over three pieces)
        • Up to three submissions accepted

    **All works submitted must be original by the author, and not previously published elsewhere.

    Judging of Pieces

    All submissions will be judged as blind entries – the names of the authors will be kept confidential until the preferred pieces are selected. Students will be notified by mail when the final decision has been made. All judging decisions are final.

    Submission Guidelines

            • Students may submit to both categories.
            • Written pieces are limited to 2000 words and poetry to no more than two pages each.
            • All submissions must be in 12 point Times New Roman font. Layout of works is left to the author.
            • Contact details must be on each submission’s title page only. Do not include any identifying information on your submission or it will not be accepted.
            • Title of work needs to be listed on every page of the manuscript, with page numbers if necessary.
            • Each piece must be entered individually as an electronic copy and must be submitted as a Word file to Amy Pollicino at or dropped off at the Coos History Museum at 1210 N Front St in Coos Bay.
            • Work must be submitted by Friday, July 13, 2018.


    Submissions not following these guidelines are subject to rejection.


All events subject to change.