Wednesday, July 19 @ 6:30PM

Rose Villa Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Friday, April 7th, 2017 @ 7PM

As an author, teacher and more importantly as a mom, I know firsthand the importance of reading. Not only how the world of words can change a life, but how the world of words can give life. Help me celebrate 'Oregon Reads Aloud' on Friday evening, April 7 at 7 PM at The Book Bin in Salem.

We will help Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) celebrate 25 years of providing reading support and books to Oregon children. This is a milestone worth celebrating. Since 1992, SMART has connected more than 118,000 community volunteers with over 188,000 students across Oregon for one-on-one reading support, and given children 2.4 million books to take home and keep.

In the true spirit of this celebration the book, "Oregon Reads Aloud" will be shared - aloud! This book is a compilation of 25 read-aloud stories written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators. Both the campaign and the book aim to bring attention to the importance of reading engagement and motivation in a child's literacy development, and to SMART's work inspiring lifelong readers and learners. I am fortunate to be joined by Heidi Schutz, also a contributor, and I hope that you too will join us!

What: "Oregon Reads Aloud," 25 read-aloud stories shared by contributors Heidi Schutz and Gina Ochsner

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 7 PM

Where: The Book Bin, 450 Court St NE, Salem 97301

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 10:00-1:00 pm
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 @ 10:00-1:00 pm

Learn to keep writing when the words just will not come!

Join Gina, Corban's Writer in residence, and assistant English professor, as she hosts a writing workshops series at the Barn.

From Gina:
Writing is an act of faith. Writers not only believe, but also rely upon words availing themselves when needed. However, what can a writer do when the words don't arrive? In these two sessions, we will address a phenomenon nearly every writer encounters: the need to write while simultaneously feeling unable to do so. We will talk about where story, essay and poetry ideas come from, how to "jump-start" writing when ideas seem absent, and how to develop those ideas. We'll be trying out different techniques so don't be surprised if you leave these sessions with several story, essay or poetry starts in hand. These sessions are designed for writers high-school aged and older. No previous writing experience is needed-just curiosity. Each of the sessions is designed as a distinct "unit" of thought and activity. That is to say, if a participant cannot attend the first session, they can still attend the second session without missing a beat.

Saturday, April 22nd, 10:00-1:00 pm
Saturday, April 29th, 10:00-1:00 pm

the Barn at Corban University
5000 Deer Park Dr SE, Salem, OR 97317

$50.00 per session or $75.00 for both

Now open online at the Barn website ( or at the Barn during Open Table: Wednesday-Friday, 2:00-10:00 and Saturday, 1:00- 8:00.