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: October 18

Patsy Hand talks about The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

When travel journalist Lo Blacklock is invited on a boutique luxury cruise around the Norwegian fjords, it seems like a dream career opportunity.

But the trip takes a nightmarish turn when she wakes in the middle of the night to hear a body being thrown overboard – only to discover that no-one has been reported missing from the boat.

How do you stop a killer, when no-one believes they exist?



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)


Sponsored in part by


About Patsy

Patsy grew up writing short stories, essays and novels, all shaped by the unique characters who came and went along the way. Visiting the ranch were military personnel, New York Rockettes in fancy heels, their husbands wrapped in fine wool coats.  Movie stars and show people, including a choral director from New York City who gave Patsy the lead in a musical he wrote. And then there were the uncles. Such interesting famous men of distinction whose stories she will tell. But that will be another book.

A novelist, short story writer and abstract artist, Patsy taught college-level novel writing and creative writing for more than 10 years. Here strongest message to writers in the classroom and elsewhere: “Take what you know but make it something different. Never fail to imagine the impossible because that is what keeps us all going forward. Heroes and heroines exist in more variations than we can imagine. You never know where the landscape of your life might take you.”



Michael Copperman had a scheduling conflict and will join us  early 2018 instead!

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