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 at Literary Arts. View all upcoming writing classes here.
Upcoming Writing Classes
Fall 2020: Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected or the Unusual By Working with Limits
Fall 2020 online: Fall Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing/Healing our Stories
November 2020 online: Addictive Openings: Refining and Electrifying Your Novel’s First Pages
“My instructor was supportive, encouraging, and insightful. My classmates are just as interested in developing their skills as I am and also provide excellent insight.”Writing student
“I learned things that had never occurred to me before about writing a scene, setting, and dialogue. The experience of working with peers in learning to write better is valuable as we learn from each other.”Writing student
“I love the Literary Arts space—it’s a warm environment that I look forward to being in.”Writing Student
“My writing instructors were interesting, engaging, and professional.”Writing Student
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.