Sharing Our Stories

Creativity has no expiration date!

Join us for an afternoon of music, memories, poems & stories from residents of Columbia Basin Care, a skilled nursing facility for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation, located in The Dalles, Oregon.  

Please join us — in person or in spirit — to celebrate the act of expression and the power of words. 



Poetry Month at Lan Su Garden

Come to Your Senses
 a writing workshop

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Wednesday April 12, 2017

3 to 4:30pm

Writing comes alive with the detail our senses provide. Using the sense of smell as a trigger, we’ll focus on fresh writing with prompts and practices designed to energize and inspire.

From poetry to prose, fact to fiction, this 90-minute workshop will serve as a creative springboard in which you’ll generate new work, meet other writers, and share experiences that will help shape, shift and propel your own writing.

This workshop is free with admission to Lan Su Garden, and open to writers of all ages, experience & interests. No registration is required. Drop in, bring pen, paper & your writing mind. 

About Lan Su Chinese Garden
One of Portland, Oregon’s greatest treasures, Lan Su Chinese Garden is more than just a beautiful botanic garden. It’s an inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that blends art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. 

About the Instructor
Drew Myron is a former newspaper reporter and editor who has covered news, arts, entertainment and travel for AOL, Northwest Best Places and numerous other publications. For over 15 years, she’s headed a marketing communications company specializing in literacy, health and advocacy for the vulnerable. Drew is the author of several books and art collaborations. Her latest is Thin Skin, a collection of photos and poems.  



Writing Up the Gorge

How's this for fun and different?

I took part in Writing Up the Gorge, a literary event in which writers spent five days writing at five different locations throughout the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, located along the Columbia River dividing Washington and Oregon. 

The writing tour was a wonderfully self-guided, self-paced experience, aimed to trigger the writing mind with a fresh perspective. Locations included a bed & breakfast, a history museum, an airplane and car museum, a winery, and a riverfront park.

The Write Up culminates with a gallery exhibition and reading at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. 

Please join me!

On Friday, September 2, 2016.
Reception at 6pm, Reading at 7pm.                  

For First Friday Opening Reception & Public Reading 

At Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon

Admission is free! Fun is (nearly) guaranteed. 



Neighborhood: Poetry Contest

Text Art by Robert Montgomery

The 6th Annual Denver County Fair Poetry Contest, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Tattered Cover Book Store, is looking for poems on the theme of Neighborhood. 

With over 80 designated neighborhoods, Denver is flush with friendly corners, hidden gems, and sketchy stretches. Tell us about yours!

Poems may be any style and length — but must relate to the Neigborhood theme. Contest is open to any adult with a Colorado address. Poems must be previously unpublished and have not received awards in other competitions. One poem per entry fee. Multiple entries accepted. All judging is blind.

Poems are read by a panel of literary professionals: Vicki Hellmer, Dee McDonald and Joseph Hutchison - Colorado’s Poet Laureate!

Deadline:  July 15, 2016.


First Place: Blue Ribbon + Lighthouse Writers Workshop Gift Certificate + Tattered Cover Gift Token + $20 + featured in Poetry Performance

Second Place: Red Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Third Place: White Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Finalists: Tattered Cover Gift Token + Featured in Poetry Performance  

BONUS! Winning poems will be displayed as public art installations as part of Write Denver, a cool new project of Lighthouse Writers. 

How to Enter: 

1. Get Competition Info here:!enter/c1ila

2. Use the online entry form to pay your $5 fee:
This provides you with FREE ADMISSION to the Fair.

3. Submit your poem by July 15 via email to:

Include your name, address, telephone number and confirmation code (proof of payment).

Attach the poem in a Word Document or paste in the body of your email.

Winning poems will be on display at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31 2016, and winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at the Denver County Fair Poetry Performance on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Poem Entry Deadline: July 15, 2016

Finalists Announced: July 28, 2016 by email

Winners Announced: Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Denver County Fair

Winning Poems Displayed at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31, 2016

Winners & Finalists Poetry Performance: 12pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016


Drew Myron - Director of Poetry
Denver County Fair
The Craziest County Fair in America!



First Draft in Pendleton, Oregon


The First Draft Writers’ Series is a free montly event bringing readers and writers together to enjoy visiting authors and open mic readings by local emerging writers.

First Draft with Drew Myron

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 7pm | Pendleton Arts Center

The event is free and open to the public.