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Creative Nonfiction Workshop

April 1-29, 2024 and May 6, Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six sessions)


This six-week class will hold space for creative nonfiction writers to write and discuss short creative nonfiction works (memoir, essay, lyric essay). Writers at every level—from beginner to experienced—are welcome to join this workshop. Session time will consist of in-class writing and brief, focused discussions of students’ short creative nonfiction works. Students will write 3- to 5-page pieces for each class, five pieces in total.


Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves 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 and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate.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.

Class cancellation policy:

If you register for a class and need to cancel before the class begins, here’s a link to our class cancellation policy.


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Jay Ponteri

Jay Ponteri directed the creative writing program at Marylhurst University from 2008-2018 and is now the program chair of PNCA’s Low-Residency Creative Writing program. His book of creative nonfiction Someone Told Me was published by Widow+Orphan House, Summer 2021. He’s also the author of Darkmouth Strikes Again (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books, 2013), which received an Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Two of Ponteri’s essays, “Listen to this” and “On Navel Gazing” have earned “Notable Mentions” in Best American Essay Anthologies. His work has also appeared in many literary journals: Dismantle, Gaze,Eye-Rhyme, Seattle Review, Forklift, Ohio, Cimarron Review, Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review and elsewhere.While teaching at Marylhurst, Ponteri was twice awarded the Excellence in Teaching & Service Award. In 2007, Ponteri founded Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers, now part of summer programming at Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org) on whose Resource Council he serves.
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