During the fifth season of The Archive Project, enjoy recordings from Portland Arts & Lectures events, as well as the Verselandia! city-wide youth poetry clam, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events happening right here in Portland, Oregon.
Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato.
This free event takes place on Zoom, using the “audio only” option. If you’d like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note you need to register every time you attend:
Each Wednesday, from 12:30 – 2:30, we’ll virtually meet for a focused window of writing and community. We’ll have a quick hello, share a prompt, then set the tomato timer to write together for 45 minutes. Ding-ding!! We stop, have another check-in, grab a snack, a drink, I’ll share another quick prompt and set the timer for 45 minutes more of sustained writing. The prompts are meant to get you going, but if you have a project you’re focused on, even better. It’s amazing the sense of community you feel, knowing a couple dozen writers also have their heads bowed, getting words onto the page. Join us.
Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post and others. Natalie has been short listed in Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Visit her online at natalieserber.com.