About the class


You must commit to attending all three classes!

  • Friday, April 15, 1:00 – 2:30pm
    • On Zoom
  • Friday, April 22, 1:00 – 2:30pm
    • On Zoom
  • Friday, April 29, 1:00 – 2:30pm
    • In-person at the library with an option to be on Zoom

Ages: Suitable for adults and older teens. Writers of all levels welcome

This three-part class guides you in writing, reflecting on, and shaping the luminous details of your past—the colors, tastes, songs, fragrances, and people you can’t forget—into a coherent, meaningful story to share with others.

About the instructor

Instructor Ellen Santasiero is a writer and teacher in Bend. In her work with hundreds of writers over 20 years, she has refined ways to help people figure out just what story they want to tell, whether it’s subtle and associative or barefaced and bodacious!

Ellen teaches at The Forge, a 10-month online creative writing program she founded in 2021. She taught writing and literature at Oregon State University-Cascades for 15 years and she led multi-day intensive workshops at the Bend Writers’ Workshop in 2018 and 2019. She’s taught creative writing courses for Deschutes Public Library, Central Oregon Community College, the Central Oregon Writers Guild, Saving Grace, and Lewis & Clark College, among others.

Ellen’s writing has appeared in literary and other magazines since 2001. She is an editor and coach, co-editor of Placed: An Encyclopedia of Central Oregon (2020), and editor of Just Say Yes to Life! Stories of Surviving after Stroke (2021). She holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

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