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learn a little
History of the Hub
Newport Public Library’s “history of ” series will
continue this Wednesday, Feb. 19, with a presentation
from Lisa Blank, PhD., executive director of the
Oregon Coast STEM Hub.
One of several regional STEM Hubs funded
by the Oregon Department of Education, the hub
is based at Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science
Center and promotes integrated science, technology,
engineering and math education along the Oregon
Coast. Oregon Sea Grant has been a foundational
partner of the STEM Hub and recently assumed a
role as the administrative home for the director.
Blank, who earned her doctorate in science
education at Indiana University, will provide an
overview of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub’s history,
its current operations and an exciting vision for its
Wednesday’s program, which is free and open to all, will run from 6 to 7 pm at 35
NW Nye Street.
For more information, go to www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.
An aide memoir in Newport
Florence newspaper editor and author Ned
Hickson will teach a free workshop on memoir and
novel writing when the coast chapter of Willamette
Writers meets this Sunday, Feb. 16, in Newport.
Hickson will discuss “Eight Steps to Building an
Outline,” a condensed version of a four-week class he
taught at Lane Community College.
“I’m look forward to providing the Willamette
Writers with a solid foundation to start with in
creating an outline for their novel or memoir,”
Hickson said. “This two-hour workshop will provide
all the tools they need to get started and map out a
clear direction as their novel or memoir develops.”
Hickson compares creating an outline for a book
to building a house.
“It begins by laying a solid foundation,” he said, “a single sentence that encapsulates
what your story is about, and goes on to add setting, events, characters and other
Hickson is editor of the Siuslaw News in Florence and managing editor of The
Cottage Grove Sentinel. He has received journalism awards from both the Society of
Professional Journalists and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for feature
writing, editorials, photography, sports writing and for his nationally syndicated humor
column. He is also the author of two books, “Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16
Shucking Years as a Columnist” and “Humor at the Speed of Life,” which was a 2019
International Book Award finalist.
Prior to launching his career in journalism 21 years ago, Hickson was a corporate
chef for 10 years in Dallas, Atlanta and Portland. He also served as a volunteer
firefighter with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue from 2011 to 2016 before being elected
to the SVFR board of directors in November 2016.
The meeting takes place at 2 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.
For more information, go to http://willamettewriters.com/coast.
A killer debut
A tale of fierce women and dangerous
lives will be up for discussion this Saturday,
Feb. 15, when the Manzanita Writers’ Series
welcomes author Kim Taylor Blakemore
to read from her latest novel, “The
In 1855, New Hampshire, Lucy Blunt is
set to hang for a double murder. Murderess
or victim? Only Lucy knows the truth. In
the shadow of the gallows, Lucy reflects on
the events that led to her bitter downfall
— from the moment she arrived at the
rambling Burton mansion looking for
work and a better life to the grisly murders
Blakemore writes about the thieves and
servants, murderesses and soiled doves,
grifters and flimflam girls — dangerous
women with tangled lies and hidden
motives. “The Companion” is her adult debut
in historical mystery. She is also the author
of the young adult historical novels “Bowery
Girl” and “Cissy Funk.”
A recipient of a Tucson Festival of
Books Literary Award, WILLA Literary
Award and three Regional Arts and Culture
Council grants, Blakemore also teaches novel
intensives in Portland, and is a member of
the Women’s Fiction Writers Association
and the Historical Novel Society.
Saturday’s reading will start at 4 pm
at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594
From 10 am to 1 pm the same day,
Blakemore will also be teaching a writing
workshop on setting as character.
For information on this and other
Manzanita Writers’ Series programs,
go to https://hoffmanarts.org/writing/
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