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Friday

Sep 17

Friday

Sep 17

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Throughout history, writers have used lyrical techniques to access states of consciousness we associate with grief. Lyrical writing prioritizes music, rhythm, and emotion over the narrative arc. The goal of this course is to find entry into writing through reading, conversation,and various prompts and exercises to catalyze memory and thinking. We will consider how writers

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Sunday

Sep 19

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Nature Writing Now: Intensive

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will

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Sunday

Sep 19

Wednesday

Sep 22

Saturday

Sep 25

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Writing the Long Short Story

This class is ideal for writers looking to work on a long short story of 35 pages or more. The long short story is an interesting form, giving writers the elbow room to delineate their stories more deeply yet still staying devoted to the principles of the short story. For some writers, the long short

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Saturday

Sep 25

Writing Classes   Memoir   Fall 2021  

Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

This class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months

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Tuesday

Sep 28

Tuesday

Sep 28

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

Hilary Mantel: Beyond the Booker

Hilary Mantel is best known for her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, the first two volumes of which (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) won the Booker Prize (in 2009 and 2012). The third and final volume, The Mirror and the Light, was published to acclaim in 2020. These books are modern masterpieces, yet Mantel’s earlier

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Thursday

Sep 30

Free Events  

Slamlandia September

Recurring

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate

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Sunday

Oct 3

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Writing Beyond Stereotypes of Disability

Characters with disabilities have been around as long as there have been stories, but often those characters are based on stereotypes that serve as plot shortcuts and end up being harmful to real people with disabilities. Disability is one of humanity’s most shared traits. It is inevitable that to write characters you will write disability.

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Wednesday

Oct 6

Wednesday

Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) is one of the most celebrated & impactful books ever written. Since its publication over 50 million copies of the novel have been sold. The story follows the Buendía family & the other residents of Macondo through seven generations, depicting everything from civil war to flying carpets. The lush

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Wednesday

Oct 6

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: October

Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! October's One Page Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured reader is

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Tuesday

Oct 12

Thursday

Oct 21

Saturday

Oct 23

Fall 2021   Teaching   Writing Classes  

The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom

The creative writing classroom is not an explicitly healing space—yet writers regularly bring their stories of trauma into workshops. What are our obligations to these students as instructors? What are the best practices for managing workshop discussions about potentially triggering material? In this 6-hour intensive, learn when writing heals and harms, discuss syllabus disclaimers and

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Monday

Oct 25

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

Herman Melville: Great Shorter Works

Although Herman Melville is best known for Moby-Dick, he also demonstrated mastery of the novella, and this Delve will explore Melville’s best-known shorter works: Bartleby the Scrivener, famous for the Wall Street denizen who “would prefer not to,” no matter what his employer might want; Benito Cereno, where a captain answering a ship’s call of

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Wednesday

Oct 27

Wednesday

Oct 27

Writing Classes   Memoir   Fall 2021  

Memoir Infusion

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. - William Faulkner If the primary purpose of literature is connection, what better way to accomplish that goal than through telling our experiences and how they formed us. This 8-week course is designed for writers already engaged in writing a memoir, who have some knowledge of

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Wednesday

Oct 27

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

Homer, The Odyssey

The Odyssey is one of the world's oldest and most enduring works of literature. Homer’s ancient Greek epic has inspired many modern artists and has introduced generations of readers to the the world of Greek myth, poetry, and storytelling.  In this seminar, we will explore the intricacies of Homer’s epic and its central story— Odysseus’s effort

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Thursday

Apr 21

Portland Arts & Lectures  

2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Richard Powers

This event is part of our Portland Arts & Lectures 2021/22 season.  All dates are booked at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and will be held in person in accordance with public health guidelines. Each subscription also includes a full digital pass for those subscribers who may need extra time to rejoin us downtown and

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Thursday

May 12

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