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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

May 31, 2022
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and a Room of One’s Own
June 15, 2022
White Teeth
June 29, 2022
Reading Station Eleven In Pandemic Times
June 29, 2022
Signs. Spoken. Memory. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee
July 5, 2022
Feminist Horror and Millennial Anxiety in South Korean Literature
August 10, 2022
Etgar Keret: Short Fiction as Social Commentary
August 23, 2022
“First – Poets – Then the Sun”: Emily Dickinson’s Craft, Life, and Legacy
October 12, 2022
Siri Hustvedt: A Woman’s View

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.


We offer full tuition remission to our volunteer liaisons for Delve. Contact susan@literary-arts.org or 503-227-2583 ext. 107 for more information.

Apply for the Access Program

We strive to make Delve seminars accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. If tuition is an obstacle, we encourage you to apply for the Access Program, which provides tuition  on a sliding scale of $45-$100 per registration.

Apply using the form below, or write a short email to susan@literary-arts.org expressing your financial need and your interest in attending Delve seminars. Please specify 1-3 seminars you would like to attend.

Please note that Access Spots will be offered to registrants dependent on interest and availability; some seminars fill quickly and may have fewer Access Spots available than others. Filling out this form is not a guarantee of a spot, but will put you on a wait list. Once your Access Spot is confirmed, you will be asked to contribute a nominal registration fee on a sliding scale rate of $45-$100. We will communicate with you about this via email. You will not be charged until you confirm your Access Rate spot.

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