Reading Like a Writer

It’s Wine on Wednesday with a twist! We’re moving to the beautiful Shelton McMurphey Johnson House with an inspiring new speaker series.

Each month, a professional writer will discuss a book that’s meaningful to them both as a reader and a writer. They’ll share their favorite character moments and passages and all the things they love or find challenging. Then they’ll tease apart elements of craft that inspire them, whether it’s the witty dialogue, how place serves to push characters to the brink, or the masterful interweave of plot and theme. They’ll open up the discussion for everyone to share at the end.Read ahead so you can share what you love, or just come to enjoy the talk and discover great new books and writers!

Next Meeting: March 21

Sarina Dorie discusses The Magicians by Lev Grossman

About The Magicians by Lev Grossman:
Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, everything in his real life just seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure and meaning he thought it would—until he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. The Magicians is a grand, glittering fantasy that reinterprets the grand tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling in a brilliant novel for adults.


What works? Why did this sell (and get made into a TV show)? What would I do differently?

New location! Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette
Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm
Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol)
Free and open to the public (suggested donation $5)

UPCOMING READING LIKE A WRITER EVENTS March 21 – Sarina Dorie discusses The Magicians by Lev Grossman

April 18 –  J.C. Geiger discusses A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin


May 16 – Cai Emmons discusses Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill.

This book club is a collaboration of Wordcrafters in Eugene and the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House.

Sponsored in part by



About the Speaker:
Sarina Dorie is the author of award-winning, YA paranormal romance novel, Silent Moon. Her Puritan and alien love story, Dawn of the Morning Star, is due to come this year with Wolfsinger Publications. She has sold about 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Laser. By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.