Wordcrafters seeks short writing from local writers, reflecting on life in Eugene–past, present, or future!

You can still see the first generation of Step Into Poetry in the Overpark garage on Oak St!

We’re excited to partner with the City of Eugene to celebrate the work of local writers. Throughout 2017, we will run writing contests to find work for the new generation of the Step Into… series, an exhibit of short writing pieces displayed in downtown parking garages. Throughout the year, we will hold month-long calls for writing in four different genres:

Selected work will be exhibited in the Overpark Garage (Oak St btw B’way & 10th), the Parkade garage (Willamette btw 7th & 8th), and the Eugene Public Library garage. You can see the first generation of exhibits still hanging in Overpark.


Step Into Plays: Call for Submissions

Looking for the Step Into Comics call for submissions? Click here for more information and to submit your comics.

Step Into… Play Writing Workshops

Learn the craft of play writing from local playwrights Connie Bennett and Paul Calandrino and then submit your scene for exhibition! Wordcrafters in Eugene, in partnership with the City of Eugene, is searching for new work to refresh “Step Into Theater,” a series of (very!) short plays by local authors exhibited in the stairwells of the Overpark garage on Oak Street. Participants in this workshop will get a chance to develop evocative short plays, which they can then submit to the “Step into Theater” Call for Submissions.

Monday, September 11
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Springfield Public Library


Tuesday, September 12
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Eugene Public Library


About Connie Bennett and Paul Calandrino:

Instructors Connie Bennett and Paul Calandrino have produced the annual “Northwest Ten Festival of Ten Minute Plays” at Oregon Contemporary Theatre in Eugene for the past nine years.

Short plays by Bennett, the Director of Eugene Public Library, have been produced in a number of U.S. states and Canada. She was an invited participant in the William Inge Festival Playlab in 2016 and 2017. Her work “Gray Reflections” was a finalist in the 2010 National 10-Minute Play Contest.

Calandrino is an award-winning playwright who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His work “Big Life” was a finalist in the 2011 National 10-Minute Play Contest. He regularly teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Oregon Contemporary Theatre.


Questions? Contact us at stepinto@wordcraftersineugene.org!