• October 21, 2021
          Slamlandia
          October 28, 2021
          BIPOC Reading Series- October
          November 8, 2021
          Portland Book Festival Virtual Event Pass: November 8–12
          November 8, 2021
          TAP@PBF: Change with John Freeman
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Writing Classes

Offering opportunities for writers at all levels to hone their craft and build community through intimate classes focused on specific goals.

Writing classes at Literary Arts are for students at all levels who are looking to advance their skills and make writing a priority in their life. Whether you need help getting started or you’re a seasoned author seeking a community of writers who are serious about their craft, Literary Arts has a variety of offerings to develop key skills.

Our classes range from one two-hour meeting, six weeks of instruction, or a nine-month commitment to finishing a manuscript. Classes are limited to ten students, and participants can expect to receive individualized attention from their peers and teacher. Our instructors are experienced teachers and published authors, many of them Oregon Book Awards authors and Literary Fellowship recipients. All classes meet online on Zoom or at Literary Arts. View all upcoming writing classes here.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY:
If you need to cancel your registration for a class, 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 class, you will receive a full refund.

Access Program
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 would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate.

Upcoming Writing Classes

October 21, 2021
The Lyric Essay Intensive: Braiding the World
October 23, 2021
The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom
October 27, 2021
Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Collection
October 27, 2021
Memoir Infusion
October 28, 2021
BIPOC Reading Series- October
November 6, 2021
Creating Single Panel Cartoons
November 7, 2021
Word Garden: A Generative Writing Webinar
November 7, 2021
The Art of the Novella
November 8, 2021
Placefinding
November 9, 2021
Writing from Collective Grief
November 9, 2021
Embodied Writing: High School Educator Class
November 10, 2021
Creating Better Characters
November 11, 2021
Writing the Complicated Self
November 11, 2021
Writing and Meditation
November 12, 2021
Writing About Real People
November 13, 2021
Beginning the Memoir
November 13, 2021
Writing Characters Who Take Up Space
November 13, 2021
Spend it All: Writing Great Beginnings
November 14, 2021
Fear and Writing Webinar
November 21, 2021
November BIPOC Writers Workshop
January 5, 2022
Become Your Own Best Editor
January 24, 2022
Writing the Memoir and Personal Essay: Six Month Intensive

Writing Class Policies 

Class Size & Location

Most classes are limited to 10 students. All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.

What to Bring to Class

Unless otherwise noted in the class description, all you need to bring to class is pen and paper. Teachers will contact students by email a week before the first class meets.

Class Cancelation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, 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 class, you will receive a full refund.

Student Admittance

Literary Arts  reserves the right to refuse a registration for any reason.

Apply for a Scholarship

All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition and are awarded one to two weeks before class begins. To apply for a scholarship, email your name, contact information, and a list of three classes in order of preference to susan@literary-arts.org. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

Teach for Literary Arts

Join our roster of accomplished writers who lead classes and workshops at our space. We also hire writers to teach creative writing residencies in local high schools.

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