Upcoming Workshops

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I’m teaching writing classes several times in the next few months.

I’ll be appearing with fellow “Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life” authors at Deschutes Public Library, February 9 2 p.m.

I’ll be teaching Travel Writing for Fun and Profit and What Editors Want: Getting (and Keeping) Magazine Writing Gigs at the South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach on February 15.

I’ll be teaching What Editors Want: Getting (and Keeping) Magazine Writing Gigs at Nature of Words in Bend on March 5.

I’ll be teaching Travel Writing for Fun and Profit at Nature of Words in Bend on April 10.

I’ll be teaching Mining Memory for Gold in Memoir and Essay on on May 14 at Nature of Words in Bend.

I’ll be teaching Intro to Magazine Writing at Nature of Words in Bend on June 19.

I’ll be teaching What Editors Want: Getting and Keeping Magazine Writing Gigs and Travel Writing for Fun and Profit at Willamette Writers Conference August 1 – 3 in Portland.

Hope to see some of you out there!


Upcoming Travel Writing Workshop in Bend

IMG_0142“Travel Writing for Fun and Profit” with Kim Cooper Findling

Thursday, January 16; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Nature of Words Literary Arts Center, 224 NW Oregon Ave. Bend, OR
Class fee: $30 per person

Ever dreamt of becoming a travel writer?  This workshop will help you learn to think like a travel writer, pitch ideas to editors, break into the travel market, and bring place and experience to life on the page.  Be prepared for a hands-on writing activities.

See Nature of Words website to sign up!

Nationally published writier Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Central Oregon since 1995.  Her work has appeared in Horizon Air, Runner’s World, Sky West, The Best Places to Kiss NW, Western Art and Architecture, High Desert Journal, and more.  She is the author of Day Trips from Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.  Kim was the 2011 winner of the Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, is an ambassador to Travel Oregon’s Ask Oregon program, and is the editor of Central Oregon Magazine.  She lives with her family in Bend.

Lava Lands in Alaska Air Magazine



My story on Lava Lands, Newberry Crater and Central Oregon Recreation is in this month’s Alaska Air and Horizon Air Magazines.

Reading at Deschutes Library This Sunday

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Downtown Bend Public Library:
Women Craft Writing Lives in Central Oregon

601 NW Wall Street
Sunday, July 14
2 pm
Free & Open to the Public

featuring Emily Carr, Director,
OSU-Cascades MFA
Elizabeth Quinn, Editor,
High Desert Journal
& Kim Cooper Findling, Editor,
Central Oregon Magazine

Emily Carr, Elizabeth Quinn and Kim Cooper Findling celebrate women crafting writing lives in Bend in the twenty-first century. Please join us in our tribute to the vibrant cultural communities of Central Oregon!

Westfir Lodge in Travel Oregon

DSC_0094My take on the awesome Westfir Lodge is now posted on the Travel Oregon blog.

Kids Exercise in Horizon Air



My article on encouraging kids to exercise is in this month’s Alaska Air Horizon Air Edition Magazine. I shamelessly pulled in friends and fellow parents from around the nation on this one to gather the best anecdotes and advice for getting kids moving. Thanks to everyone!

Upcoming Willamette Writers Teaching Gigs

wwlogo-200I’ll be teaching Travel Writing for Fun and Profit at the Willamette Writer’s Conference  in Portland on August 3.

Here’s the rundown:

Ever dreamt of becoming a travel writer? This workshop will help you learn to think like a travel writer, pitch ideas to editors, break in to the travel market, and bring place and experience to life on the page. Be prepared for hands-on writing activities. 

The WW annual conference is a great time and very productive. I attended many years before teaching the past two.

I’ll also be presenting to the Willamette Writers Coast Branch in Newport on November 19.

The Oregon Coast chapter of Willamette Writers offers its Writers-on-Writing workshops on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the McEntee Room of the Newport Public Library.

I’m not sure what I’ll workshop yet! Maybe travel writing again, or perhaps general magazine writing from the point of view of an editor? Or we could do a memoir class. Requests?

Hope to see some of you at these events.



Reading in Central Oregon This Week

DSC_0059Looking forward to reading from Chance of Sun and Day Trips From Portland and doing a Q&A about writing and magazine editing at this month’s Central Oregon Writers Guild meeting.


Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday, April 25 meeting takes place at COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Building 3 Room 309, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The meeting is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Here’s what they say:

Bend Author Kim Cooper Findling is the featured speaker at Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday April 25 meeting. Kim is the editor of Central Oregon Magazine and writes and edits for many magazines and a wide range of professional organizations. Kim was born in Seattle and grew up on the Oregon Coast. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a M.S. in Natural Resource Education from Oregon State. Prior to embarking upon her career as a writer, Kim worked as an educator at The High Desert Museum. Her work has appeared in magazines and literary journals, and she wrote chapters for the books Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest, Day in the Life: Central Oregon, Back from War, and the anthology You’re Invited. She is an AskOregon Ambassador for Travel Oregon and a member of the board of BendFilm. She teaches writing workshops to children and adults, and coaches writers one-on-one. One of her most recent adventures was as writer-in-residence at Cascades Academy in Bend, which she says was a blast! Kim lives in Bend with her husband and two daughters. Her website is www.kimcooperfindling.com.

Hope to see you there!

Central Oregon Magazine Spring Issue




The spring issue of Central Oregon Magazine is out and about! Read up on top recreation picks, the dish from local wedding planners, the controversy on Mirror Pond, and much more.

“Are We There Yet” on KLRR 101.7fm


I finally got smart enough to add audio segments to my website so I can share with you the radio show I do on KLRR 101.7 fm in Bend.

I realize this is garden variety tech savvy, but hey, I’m proud anyway – and all before noon on a Tuesday! I think I’ll take the rest of the week off.

The show is about traveling Oregon and is called “Are We There Yet?”. I’d categorize it as goofy (or maybe that’s just me), fun and hopefully the bearer of at least one useful factoid about Oregon each episode.

I love hanging out with MJ and Sam in the studio! So far they let me keep coming back, though they’ve never let me wear those cool gigantic headphones or touch the control panel with all those important looking switchy things.

Take a listen here, if you are so inclined, and weekly on KLRR.

Don’t bother to tell me that the sound of my radio voice makes it clear that my dreams of being a professional karaoke star are in ruins. I already figured that out.


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