Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler

Registration is now open for a writing workshop titled “Making Characters Come Alive,” led by author Lauren Kessler at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 18.

Kessler is an international speaker and workshop leader and the creator of two graduate programs in narrative journalism. She has taught workshops in a wide variety of places, from Eugene, Bend and Portland to Vienna, Austria. Besides teaching college students, first time writers, activists and nonprofit directors, she has worked with graduate students at the University of Washington’s CommLead storytelling seminar; with Austrian journalists in both Europe and Seattle; and for the past three years with lifers inside the Oregon State Penitentiary.

In the prison writing program, some of her students have won First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention for two years running in the Pen America Prison Writing Contest, an annual competition that receives more than 5,000 submissions from incarcerated men and women.

Kessler is also an award-winning author and immersion reporter who combines lively narrative with deep research. She is the author of 10 works of narrative nonfiction including her most recent “A Grip of Time: When Prison is Your Life.” Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, O magazine,, Utne Reader and others.

The Saturday, May 18, workshop will run from 10 am to 12:30 pm at 594 Laneda Avenue. Tuition is $60. To register, go to

For more information, go to or contact Kathie Hightower at

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