• October 4, 2023
          One Page Wednesday- October
          October 5, 2023
          Bookmark: A fundraising gala for Literary Arts
          October 11, 2023
          Timeless Feminist Wisdom: A poetic conversation between Adela Zamudio and Adrienne Rich
          October 17, 2023
          An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver, in Conversation with Jess Walter
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Delve Readers Seminars

Engaging readers to explore challenging books and engage in lively, discussion-based seminars led by scholars, teachers, writers, poets, and artists from the Portland community.

Delve Readers Seminars cultivate community around the shared experience of reading. By gathering together weekly to share in-depth conversations about books, authors, and various cultures of thought and experience, we become more astute and empathetic readers, of literature, as well as of human experience.

Delve Seminars are designed for adults 18 and over. Delve participants purchase their own books for the seminar. If you have questions about Delve, contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org.

Upcoming Seminars

October 4, 2023
Derek Walcott: Omeros
November 6, 2023
Washington Square
November 7, 2023
The Hunger Games Trilogy: Building Even as We Tear Down
January 8, 2024
George Eliot: Daniel Deronda
January 18, 2024
Monsters and Morals: Art vs. the Artist
January 21, 2024
“Lucid Abnormality”: The Short Stories of Elizabeth Bowen on the Homefront in World War II
February 6, 2024
José Saramago’s Allegories of the Human Condition
February 22, 2024

If you need to cancel your registration for a seminar, the following refund schedule applies:
• 3 days or more before a class, refunds will be issued, less a $35 processing fee.
• 3 days or more before class starts, if you prefer to convert your registration to a credit for an upcoming class, you can receive a tuition credit for an upcoming class for the full amount of your tuition, good for one year.
• 48 hours or less before a class begins, no refund or tuition credit is available.If Literary Arts has to cancel a seminar, you will receive a full refund.


Literary Arts cannot provide refunds, transfers, or makeup sessions for individual classes and seminar sessions that students miss. Literary Arts does not record Zoom classes for students who are absent.

We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.

“I’ve been exposed to new literature, had fun, great conversations and knowledgeable and warm guides.”

Delve Participant

Seminar Policies

Delve offers a unique peer-to-peer learning experience that fosters community and intellectual inquiry. Each seminar is limited to 16 participants who will complete designated reading in advance and come prepared to discuss the text in an informal, friendly atmosphere. No previous knowledge of the author or text is required.

Seminars meet once a week, and vary in length. Seminars are typically held at the Literary Arts community space in downtown Portland (925 SW Washington St.).

We encourage you to enroll early; many seminars fill up quickly.

Program Supporter:

We thank A to Z Wineworks for the generous gift of complementary wine served during our Delve seminars.
Community Partners:

We are happy to host occasional Delve seminars at our partner venues: Portland Art Museum, Another Read Through Bookstore