Wordcrafters is pleased to bring best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard to Eugene for a series of writing events, including a free talk open to the public titled “Writing To Save Your Life.”

The talk will be held on March 4 at the UO Baker Center Downtown, 975 High Street, at 7 pm, and will focus on writing during periods of loss and uncertainty, when the greatest need for self-expression can give rise to important breakthroughs in the craft of story. This talk is free and open to the public.

Ms. Mitchard is no stranger to hard times: she wrote her blockbuster novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, when she was a young widow. At age 56, she found she had to start over after losing all her money to an “investment specialist” who turned out to be a scam artist. In addition to her talk, Ms Mitchard will teach a four-day Master Class intensive on Feb 29 – March 3,titled “Building the Novel from Narrative Blocks” and will be a keynote speaker and class presenter for Be Writing, a one-day festival that will be held at the Baker Center on March 5. She will also be presenting talks at several local high schools, as part of Wordcrafter’s Writing in the Schools program.

Highlights of the Be Writing Festival include:
• Keynote and presentations by Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of nine New York Times best-selling novels
• Six writing lessons, each followed by a writing block. Presenters include Eliot Treichel, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Carola Dunn, Melissa Hart and Sarina Dorie
• One-on-one meetings with presenting authors to discuss plot, characters, pacing, problems, or review work in the Craft Lab
• A fast, fun, & informative lightning-round Q&A
• Festival Afterwords Party at the end of the day to celebrate and mingle

About Wordcrafters in Eugene: Founded in 2012, Wordcrafters is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that seeks to broaden the literary landscape by creating a vibrant literary organization to act as a resource for local writers and readers.

Since its inception, Wordcrafters has hosted two national writing conferences in downtown Eugene, an annual writing contest for students in Lane County Schools, summer and no-school day camps for young writers and adult writing classes and social events.