Workshop: Getting Your Voice Heard 

Are you passionate about an issue, candidate, or cause? Would you like people to hear and consider your unique idea for solving a problem in your community?

Persuasive writing and speaking skills can help! Learn to craft clear, convincing opinions on issues that matter. Bring effective storytelling to your letters to the editor, blog posts, and personal conversations. 

Most of us need a little help thinking through our ideas, questioning our prejudices, and crafting compelling arguments. Join us and discover new ways to get your ideas placed in the forums you want — such as Letters to the Editor in the newspaper. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Sisters Library Community Room
Deschutes County Library
5:30-7:00 pm
Workshop is free; donations would be appreciated, going to the nonprofit New Oregon Arts and Letters
Presented by Indivisible Sisters


Your workshop leader is Tiffany Lee Brown, a.k.a. T. Since age twelve, she’s placed letters to the editor in papers such as the Eugene Register-Guard and the Bend Bulletin. She’s been quoted, sourced, or tweeted by The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC News, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

As a freelance writer and editor, T has written for publications like Wired, Bookforum, Oregon Humanities, Utne, Willamette Week, and Whole Earth Review. She was a regular columnist for Bookforum and frequent Op Ed writer for The Oregonian. Her work appears in various books and anthologies, and on websites including Boing Boing and Syfy.com. She recently began writing for The Nugget, the local newspaper in Sisters, Oregon.

T also helps businesses and nonprofits craft their messaging and take a strategic approach to branding and editorial issues. As Senior Writer for the New York offices of the agency Organic, she edited the musician Sting’s first website. Here in her home state of Oregon, she frequently collaborates with the design and branding firm Plazm, on projects for clients including Nike, Fort George Brewery, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

Most recently, she helped launch Kid Made Camp, where Central Oregon kids learn to run a real business! They make food and crafts, then sell them at local farmers markets. See kidmadecamp.com for more.

 

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"Riding Out the Recession in Portland" ~ The Oregonian

Blast from the past, #TBT: I used to write for The Oregonian's Editorial pages fairly regularly. Here's one from the heart of the Great Recession, from 2009. Excerpt:

It made sense during the last decade or so to hype our desirable qualities and squeeze 'em for dollars. Economic growth, creative class population increase and cultural expansion raised our spirits, our rents and our international profile as a city to watch.

But let's get real.

Our state's creative life, attention to the environment and love of fabulous espresso drinks predate the boom by decades. If you didn't grow up here in the 1970s and '80s, let me tell ya: Oregon experienced a long run of lean, hungry times. We didn't start bands in basements, write poetry in oddball cafes and recycle fanatically in order to get rich. We knew that to become conventionally successful, we'd have to get the heck out of here.

Many of us left to explore bigger cities, but many of us came back home. Wealth and conventional measures of success, it turned out, weren't the motivating factors in our lives.

Read it all at oregonlive.com.

 

"The Moon", a very interesting online magazine.

The Moon differentiates itself from thousands of blogs and online literary journals with intriguing, thoughtful themes such as "Beyond Words: Healing Communication" and "The Quantum Issue." Each theme is supported by interviews, essays, poetry, and fiction selected with a distinctive curatorial, editorial eye. 

I'm therefore pleased to have my poem "And we" published in the "Conscious Partnership" theme issue. Check it out at moonmagazine.org.

Sign o' the Times

Recently, a woman in the small Oregon town where I live wrote a letter to our local newspaper, The Nugget. In her letter, she noted that some local folks have been putting up "In Our America..." American flag signs, and this seemed to make her nervous. It made her want to buy a gun.

My response, printed as a "guest column" in The Nugget, seemed to strike a chord. Several locals wrote to the paper, praising it. When I posted a...

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