Turns out, the Tillamook Coast has become one of the magnetic centers of the writing universe. Writers live here, writers travel to work here, and book release events are a common occurrence in towns throughout this rural coastal landscape. One such town, filled with ravenous writers and readers, is Manzanita, home to Hoffman Center and its renowned Writer’s Series. This little gem attracts the gamut—from Oregon’s poet laureate to early career writers who pinch pennies to pursue their passion.
Since 2008 over 70 contemporary authors such as Ursula LaGuin, Phillip Margolin and Garth Stein have appeared at Hoffman Center’s intimate venue—kind of like having them in your living room. Can anyone forget the night Cheryl Strayed shared about the financial challenges of being a writer while hinting at a new book soon to be released? Fast forward to the fairytale come true for that now famous author of “Wild.” You know – the book that became a megahit movie.
Hoffman Center’s Writer Series runs on the third Saturday of the month March-May and September-November, 7:00 p.m. After the author reading there is a book signing at intermission followed by local and emerging writers participating in the popular Open Mic. If you’re a reader—go listen. If you’re a writer—go read there. And, after an evening with authors, browse the titles at Cloud & Leaf—an indie bookstore of your dreams.
Inspired to write? Take heart as there are two literary agents in town and writers often find retreat space to come and finish their novels by networking with the locals. Find out more.