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Fall 2020: Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected or the Unusual By Working with Limits

October 13-November 3
Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (4 class meetings)
online via Zoom

Sometimes freedom is found within the boundaries of constraints. In this workshop, we are going to write to prompts, but with a twist. Each prompt will also come with some form of constraint or a series of constraints (i.e. write in the present tense, write only in second person, write the experience from end to beginning, etc.) We will be working towards a series of prose poems, or a lyric essay, or a personal essay, but all the while using some confinements that push us as writers to find new adventures in our writing.

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 classses have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate.

Perrin Kerns

Perrin Kerns served as the Director of Writing at Marylhurst University for 15 years. She currently teaches literature and creative nonfiction for Prescott College and Portland State. This summer she will also be teaching at PNCA’s new MFA in Creative Writing. Her own creative work has taken her from lyric essay to digital story to personal narrative documentaries based on her lyric essays. Most recently her film about a miscarriage, “What I Can Tell You,” won the best short animation at the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Portland.
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