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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 writing classes are limited to 10 students and focused on specific writing goals. Classes range from generative classes for all skill levels to more advanced intensives. Many of our writing classes are taught by Oregon Book Awards authors and fellowship recipients; all of our classes are taught by experienced teachers. We strive to build a supportive community of writers that provides opportunities for students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests to participate in an enriching experience. We offer classes that allow students to achieve short term and long-term goals and deepen their writing practice. We value experimentation, making mistakes and learning from others as part of the artistic process.

Our classes meet online on Zoom or in-person 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.

REFUNDS AND RECORDINGS:

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.

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 have questions.

Upcoming Writing Classes

February 7, 2023
Continuing Delight: Approaching Joy
February 8, 2023
Fiction Technique in Memoir
February 23, 2023
Writing For Television: Where to Begin
February 27, 2023
The Break with Kaveh Akbar
February 28, 2023
Flash Fiction: Tiny Stories with a Huge Impact
March 6, 2023
Craft Under the Microscope: The Micro-Essay
March 7, 2023
DELVE FOR WRITERS:Coetzee and Han: Point of View
March 18, 2023
Jumpstart Your Memoir: Fundamentals and Strategies
March 27, 2023
The Break with Kaveh Akbar
April 5, 2023
Writing the Weird and Wonderful
April 5, 2023
Noticing: Writing as an Act of Attention
April 24, 2023
The Break with Kaveh Akbar
May 6, 2023
Where Do I Go From Here: Writing the Novel
May 9, 2023
Creative Nonfiction I
May 10, 2023
Weaving Small Fragments: The Lyric Essay
May 29, 2023
The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Writing Class Policies 

Class Size & Location

Most classes are limited to 10 students. All classes meet online via Zoom or in personat 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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