Windfall Reading Series Adapts To Pandemic And Goes Virtual

Sep 5, 2020

The Windfall Reading Series which highlights writers from throughout the Northwest is going virtual this year. The Lane Literary Guild and Eugene Public Library are adapting with the times.

Windfall Reading Series is usually hosted at the Eugene Public Library. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series will be held completely virtually this year.
Credit Eugene Public Library

When the event began in 1984, readings took place in different spots around Eugene. In 1996 things became more formalized with two writers sharing their work on the third Tuesday of each month. 

The end of last season had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But beginning September 15th, the new season will kick off in the virtual realm. 

Temporary Coordinator Henry Alley says he doesn't want to lose the momentum they’ve been building.

“So, if it means being adaptable electronically and letting things formulate and evolve into new forms to keep this going, then we’re willing to do it,” Alley said. 

The reading series highlights writers in the northwest. This year, because writer will not have to travel, the series has been able to expand who they are able to invite.
Credit Henry Alley

   

The series will be hosted online through January at which point organizers will assess the best way forward. 

Even though the event is virtual, organizers are brainstorming ways to create audience involvement. To view September’s event, visit here.