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Introducing Lopez Writes

Refine your writing, connect with other writers, and find great spaces to write. Lopez Writes is a project to support local authors and includes workshops on the craft of writing, drop-in writing groups, opportunities to read your work, and more. All Lopez Writes programs are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. Space may be limited and is first come, first seated, so plan to arrive early. Bring a charged laptop and your own writing tools. Lopez Writes is inspired by the popular Seattle Writes program at the Seattle Public Library and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.

Winter 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, January 24th, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.

 

 

Wednesday, January 31st, 5 – 7pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

“Writing Your Life” with Karen Fisher

A two hour workshop of questions, ideas, and exercises for memoir writers

Karen Fisher is the author of A Sudden Country, and the upcoming Heart of the Monster. A PEN/Faulkner finalist, Washington State Book Award winner, and NEA fellow, she works as a developmental editor and novel coach, and has taught for the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and Fishtrap. She writes, teaches, and raises children and horses from her home on Lopez Island.

 

Saturday, February 17th, 2 – 4pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

“Screenwriting Jumpstart” with Laurie Parker

Screenwriting Jumpstart is a two-hour workshop for writers introducing screenwriting techniques. By far the most important is learning how to ‘write in pictures’ (non-verbal action). This is like learning to sketch as an artist before making the drawing or painting. We will practice this skill with exercises and will learn some tools to make it easy to continue practicing on your own.

Laurie Parker is a screenwriter, film producer and teacher. She has written screenplays for directors Jane Campion (Lucky, adapted from the novel by Alice Sebold), Alison Maclean (an original script entitled ‘+1’), and Christine Jeffs (Horse Heaven, adapted from the novel by Jane Smiley). She is currently developing TV series based on stories from the Jamaican literary anthology Kingston Noir, and The Stags, a series about the Pacific Northwest music scene.

Laurie has taught screenwriting and creative film development at UCLA, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, the IFP, the Screen NSW Aurora development course, the NZ film commission’s Screenwriters Program, and the Calabash Literary Festival Foundation.

 

Wednesday, February 21st, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.

 

 

Monday, March 5th, 5 – 6:30pm, Writers Read Out  by the Library Fireplace

Writers read 5 minutes of their unpublished work. All genres and styles welcome. No sign-ups required, just show up to read or listen. You may read more than 5 minutes if there is space.

 

Wednesday, March 7th, 5 – 7pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

“Dialogue: Adding Spark to Your Stories” with Lorrie Harrison

Always been a little queasy about attempting dialogue? Don’t be! Adding voice is a natural way to invigorate your story and involve the reader. This class will help you learn to capture your subject’s personality and vitality on the page through spoken word. There will be ample opportunity to practice in class; handouts and a follow-up assignment will help you stretch your writing muscles once you’re back home. Great for both new and experienced writers.

Lorrie Harrison is author of Kindred Spirits, Stories, Passions and Portraits from the Heart of Community, as well as three other books. She has been teaching writing in the Pacific Northwest since 2008.

 

Wednesday, March 21st, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.

 

Feb 15th @ 6:30pm – How to be an Effective Activist with Nick Licata

Are you unsatisfied with the status quo? Learn strategies to get organized, take back power, and change the world.. On Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church, Nick Licata, former Seattle City Council member and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change, will speak about his new book, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library as part of the library’s “Get Informed, Get Involved” series. Whether you’re a budding teen activist or been in the trenches of social justice for years, come and be inspired to change the world! Childcare is provided.
The Lopez Bookshop will sell books at the event.

Friday, January 26th: Conversation about Nuclear Warfare with Dr. Dave Hall

Join us for a conversation about nuclear warfare with Dr. Dave Hall on Friday, January 26th at 4pm in the Lopez Library community room.  This is the first in a series of programs at the Lopez Library that will explore global and local issues. Each month we will bring in a speaker to share their expertise on a pertinent topic.* Get informed… get involved!

Daniel Ellsberg, Donald Trump, Rick Larsen, and The Doomsday Machine: A conversation about current nuclear war plans with a focus on the largest concentration of U.S. nuclear weapons 90 miles away on Hood Canal with Dr. Dave Hall

Dave Hall MD is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a longtime member/activist with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo immediately adjacent to the Trident nuclear-armed submarine base on Hood Canal. All three organizations are affiliates of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

*Topics may have different viewpoints – we encourage you to research the topic and bring questions.

Art in the Library presents the Sculptures of Rick Wigre – January 12th, 2018

The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the sculptures of Rick Wigre. His show, titled “CLAY, STONE, AND GLASS” will run from January 12th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2018.

In his words: “In 1972 I came to Lopez Island and found an inspiring place to paint and live on the south end. At that time, I was working on large abstract paintings for a Seattle one-man show. I continued showing throughout the Pacific Northwest while also working with and learning from artists like William Morris and Margret Tomkins.

Since the 70’s I’ve studied many other art medias: computer graphics, animations, graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, glass blowing, stone carving, print making and more.  I never would have guessed that my exploration in the arts would involve teaching, but over the years teaching has played an essential role in the development of my art.

I completed a degree in Broad Area Art Education at Evergreen State College and Central Washington University. In 1984 I started teaching art in high schools, and enjoyed a successful teaching career for 32 years.  In that time, I received these awards:

  • Washington State Art Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Advisor of the Year for Washington State, 2009, for Washington Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Teacher of the Year, 1992, for Washington State in Technology presented by IBM and Technology and Learning Magazine
  • National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum 1989 at the Senior High School Division
  • National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum at the Junior High School Division
  • Who’s Who in Education, 2001, 2004, 2010

My teaching career enabled me to explore at the exciting edge of technology and traditional arts.  Within the last four decades, technology has transformed the visual arts.  You’ll see that change in my work through the years. I truly enjoy exploring all of these new medias, creating and helping others to create.” – Rick Wigre


Art in the Library presents the Quilts of Edi Blomberg – January 12th, 2018

The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the quilts of Edi Blomberg. Her show, titled “SMALL STITCHES: QUILTS FOR WALL OR TABLE” will run from January 12th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2018.

In her words: “I was raised in Massachusetts, lived several years in Colorado, moved to Washington in 1967 and to Lopez Island less than two years later.  I have a daughter, a son and one granddaughter, all of whom make me proud. 

Although I made a few quilts for my family in the 1970s, it was this century before I really became a quilter.  Meanwhile I had dipped my fingers in many other crafts, most having to do with textiles and with color always an important feature.  Now that I am retired I spend time in my studio almost daily.  I see possible quilt designs in the world around me wherever I go.  After concentrating on traditional patterns I have begun to bend the rules.  More and more frequently I have been designing my own pieces.

Making quilts is a great activity, something that I feel is both art and craft.  Planning the design and choosing fabrics is my creative outlet.  I find the repetitive acts of cutting and sewing meditative.  Many quilters make their quilt tops and send them out to be quilted by a professional but I prefer to do all of my own work.” – Edi Blomberg