20 // COASTWEEKEND.COM Manzanita Writers’ Series offers new online workshop MANZANITA — Is one of your New Year’s resolu- tions to write more? To write weekly? Looking for a “surge” to your writing? Looking to improve the craft and frequency of your writing? Join the new online writing workshop “MWS Surge,” the newest offering from HoffOnline. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a regular writing workshop group but can’t seem to make time or fit other people’s schedules into your own, or would simply prefer to write at home but with feedback, here’s your chance! Starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Manzanita Writers’ Se- ries will offer a new online workshop group. “MWS Surge: Forward Momentum for Your Writ- ing” will include up to eight writers, and will be led by authors Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse. Each author will cover four weeks of the eight-week sessions. There will be one break for NOEL KREICKER PHOTO Kids’ poetry contest entries due Jan. 31 WESTPORT, WASH. — WEST- PORT, Wash. — The Westport Maritime Muse- um is sponsoring a Kids’ poetry contest with the theme “Winter on Our Coast.” The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 31. Submit a brief poem with your name, age, address and email or phone to: Poetry Contest, Westport Maritime Museum PO Box 1074, Westport, WA, 98595 Or submit your poem to operations@westportmariti- memuseum.com. Nine cash prizes will be awarded for the first- ($25), COASTER THEATRE PLAYHOUSE second- ($15) and third- place ($10) winners in each category: elementary school, middle school and high school. In addition, all winners will receive two free guest passes to the museum or lighthouse. The winning poems will be published in the museum’s newslet- ter, “The Foghorn.” Crossword Answers J U D A H D E V February 2-24, 2018 Tickets $20 or $25 Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. W H E L P Sunday shows start at 3:00p.m. Sponsored by Mike & Tracey Clark Tickets: 503-436-1242 or coastertheatre.com 108 N Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR W H A M U L N I E A I L S S E Y E N I A M N L I A S A N T T O H O A M E R B L E A L O Y D O S I G T R I H A I T E L I T O Z A N E A S P A T O R A E Y M A S S A T O F O U A T A G E R E A I T A L S A H C A T E D O Y A G G A O T E A S T K I S T S T A A I L D I T S T U E L S E L A E M R I I N C A E A T S R I A C A M I I B N I T C H S E A I N O I L R O B S S E E E D A K C O A T S E E D S M A R O A D E N N A L S P I E J E T S E S U L L P L I P O M I N T I N S T E A R A L A R I R W I C H A I N H E L O N R I S S T R H O U P E M R S C C A R Y I F K I M E R O S E S S E D S U B P R G E A A D I N D G E S A D T R L A U I O N G N D S T O R A P E X I D E O O I E D D S D A U L N B G U E A M R O E R U E I S P A A N T E S S T A M P A N N I T C H I E E A S S T P COURTESY MEGAN KRUSE Author Megan Kruse the week of Feb. 12. Every week, the writ- ing of two students will be reviewed with both teacher and students providing feedback. Each student will submit two works of writing, five to 15 double-spaced pages each, over the eight weeks. The key to workshop groups, especially with a writing teacher involved, is that each student learns not only from the critiques of their own work, but from the workshopping of everyone’s work. In fact, most people would say that you actually learn more from workshop- ping others because it is easier to see what works and what doesn’t in a piece of writing you are not personal- ly invested in. Whether you are working on a novel, short stories, memoir or essay, this critique group will support your writing. The fee for the eight weeks is $179 and can be paid online at hoffmanblog. org. Remember: Registra- tions will max out at eight students, so register soon! The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. More information is avail- able at hoffmanblog.org, or contact Kathie Hightower COURTESY JENNIE SHORTRIDGE Author Jennie Shortridge at kathiejhightower@gmail. com. Shortridge and Kruse Our two teachers have been featured readers at the Manzanita Writers’ Series and were part of our first Writer’s Retreat in 2017. Shortridge is the author of five novels, including “Love Water Memory” and “When She Flew,” and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as Indie Next and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. Kruse’s work has appeared widely in jour- nals and anthologies, and her debut novel, “Call Me Home,” was released from Hawthorne Books, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon Univer- sity’s low-residency MFA program, Hugo House and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award and one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.