Writing Memoir with Natalie Serber

Writing Memoir with Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is teaching a memoir writing boot camp at Literary Arts this fall, beginning September 17, 2017. Click here for details and to register! Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10…

Incite at Literary Arts in July!

Incite at Literary Arts in July!

Sossity Chiricuzio, Nan Collie and Judith Barrington appeared at INCITE: Queer Writers Read on Tuesday, July 11. The series is curated by Kate Grey and Kate Caroll de Gutes. You can read an interview with the two Kates here on our blog. The two Kates!  Sossity Chiricuzio…

Announcing Bank of America as Title Sponsor for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Literary Arts is proud to announce Bank of America as our title sponsor for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival in 2017. We are so grateful for their generous support, with special thanks to Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America’s Market President in Oregon and SW Washington. Bank of America’s leadership in the community and continued support of…

Gresham High School WITS Reading at Origins Coffee, Tea & Desserts

Gresham High School WITS Reading at Origins Coffee, Tea & Desserts

By Kate Jayroe, WITS PSU MFA Intern On Thursday May 25, 2017, WITS was happy to host Gresham High School’s end of residency reading at Origin’s Coffee, Tea & Desserts. Ten students read moving pieces of poetry, bold works of short fiction, earnest personal essays, and short memoirs to an audience of forty people. The…

P.C. Cast visits Madison High School

P.C. Cast visits Madison High School

We brought New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast to Madison High School to visit with Brooke Bettencourt’s Language Arts class this week in the library, and everyone had a great time together. Cast has sold over 20 million copies of her books in over 40 countries. She had no shortage of life experience before getting her first…

Franklin WITS Reading at the BiPartisan Cafe

Franklin WITS Reading at the BiPartisan Cafe

by Kate Jayroe, WITS PSU MFA Intern At our WITS student reading on Thursday May 11, 2017, students from Franklin High School read their work at the Bipartisan Café. The students filed into the café all at once, with proud parents, grandparents, and friends in tow. Students of teachers Anne Meadows, Kim Wagner, and Dana…

Roosevelt WITS student reading at Cathedral Coffee

Roosevelt WITS student reading at Cathedral Coffee

Cathedral Coffee was standing-room-only during our WITS student reading for Roosevelt High School! Thirteen students shared their work, which varied widely in tone and subject matter, and between fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Students from Shawn Swanson and Deanna Delgado’s freshman classes worked with WITS writer Joanna Rose, and students in Tory Rodgers and Clair Roix’s freshman classes…

Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

The Literary Arts studio was full for the WITS end-of-residency reading by Lincoln High School students. Twelve students shared their work with an audience of almost fifty parents, friends, teachers, and peers. It was easy to tell which writer each student had worked with, as their pieces were all distinctly different genres.  Students in two of…

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Broadway Books once again warmly hosted Grant High School WITS students for their end-of-residency reading. Owner Kim Bissell welcomed folks and reminded all that the bookstore’s 25th birthday is coming up on May 20th (and that there will be cake!) Cheers all around. Students, teachers, and the writers they worked with shared poems and stories…

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

Every spring we’re thrilled to bring the Verselandia winners to Wieden + Kennedy for a performance, lunch with Dan Wieden, and tour of the agency. Here are some photos from this year’s visit!