top of page

-The Main Event-
Saturday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m.


Anne Griffin workshop copy.jpg

Writing Workshop with
A Novel Idea author Anne Griffin

Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop with 
A Novel Idea author Peter Heller
Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Private Event with 
A Novel Idea author
David James Duncan
Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m.

Event Details

-The Main Event-


Join us as we celebrate 20 years of A Novel Idea! All four A Novel Idea featured authors will be on stage for a facilitated discussion about their books, writing and much more. This a free event, but tickets are required for entry.

This is an in-person event. Masks are optional.

Location: Bend High School Auditorium

Saturday, April 29, 6:00 p.m.

Main Event

"Writing About Family in Fiction" with Anne Griffin


Bestselling author Anne Griffin loves to write novels set in families; she can’t imagine not doing it. Where else is there such wealth of material? For her, it all stems from what is hidden: hidden secrets and hidden feelings that have weighed people down for years, and now, for whatever reason, are finally drawn out into the light.


In this workshop we will explore, amongst other things, the importance of good character development, the power of dialogue, what’s said and not said, and how to allow conflict to play out. We will look at examples of how this is achieved in the works of some great national and international novelists.

Time allowing, we may even attempt a writing exercise to stretch those writing muscles; participation is not compulsory, but very welcome.

This is an in-person workshop. Masks are optional.

Limit is 15 attendees.

Location: Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Saturday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost $65 per person.

AG event

"Thinking Your Way to the Page" with Peter Heller


Join Peter Heller, author of The Guide, for a workshop exploring his five favorite touchstones of writing.

Peter Heller explains the five tenets of technique he thinks about when he is working, including sequencing, metaphors, use of the senses, etc. Even the pros need to constantly remind themselves of the basic principles of craft that make their writing hum.

Participants should bring paper and pen for some fun fast exercises.

Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of five books, including his most recent, The Guide. Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars, was the 2014 Novel Idea selection. It was critically celebrated and a breakout bestseller, and has been published in 18 languages. Heller was born and raised in New York he now lives in Denver.

This is an in-person program. Masks are optional.

Limit is 35 attendees.

Location: Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Saturday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost $65 per person

PH event

Novelistic Voice & Ragtag Local Activism in the Novels of David James Duncan at Skyliner Lodge


Explore The River Why and The Brothers K alongside author David James Duncan at this intimate seminar.

What connects The River Why to The Brothers K to Duncan’s third novel, Sun House? Each of his novels points Duncan to his next work. During this seminar you will hear from the author how he builds novels and how he uses voice to make his characters memorable. The best experience would be had by those who have read both The River Why and The Brothers K.

David James Duncan is a father, a renowned fly fisher, an activist, and the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the story collection River Teeth, and the nonfiction collections My Story as Told by Water—a National Book Award finalist—and God Laughs & Plays. His highly anticipated third novel Sun House will be published in 2023. His work has won three Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Lannan Fellowship, the Western States Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, inclusion in Best American Essays, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Catholic Writing, five volumes of Best American Spiritual Writing, an honorary doctorate from University of Portland, the American Library Association's 2004 Award for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom (with co-author Wendell Berry), and other honors. David lives in Missoula, Montana.

This is an in-person program. Masks are optional.

Limit is 35 attendees.

Location: Skyliner Lodge, 16125 Skyliners Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Sunday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost $65 per person.

DJD event
bottom of page