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August 2020

Sunday

Aug 16

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online:August Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, August 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Thursday

Aug 20

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Contemporary Korean Fiction

Thu, August 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A look at 3 contemporary Korean writers. From a haunting meditation on grief to a powerful examination on capitalism, participants will discuss the themes that bind and distinguish these texts.Discussions will also focus on how translation affects our understanding of these novels as well as elements of Korean culture and current affairs that are uniquely reflected in these works. This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color Reading List: The White Book, Han Kang The Impossible Fairy, Han Yujoo…

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Thursday

Aug 20

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: August

Thu, August 20 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 in community. August's featured poet is Robyn Kaur Sidhu. Register in advance for Slamlandia: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrcOmuqz0qGtaSZsUI8oaSMnAeIg6OqIMR If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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September 2020

Wednesday

Sep 2

Free Events Virtual Event

@ Literary Arts Online: One Page Wednesday – September

Wed, September 2 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is taking One Page online! 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! September's One Page featured reader is Nastashia Minto. Hosted by Natalie Serber. Click here to register. You do NOT need a Zoom account to log on to a Zoom meeting. You…

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Sunday

Sep 6

Delve Readers Seminars

William James: Inventing an American Philosophy

Sun, September 6 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Six-week Seminar: The philosophy of William James (1842–1910) has had world-wide influence, and yet it is in many ways an essentially American view of the nature and humanity. James was a psychologist by training. This study led him to develop his unique view of human experience, out of which grew his profound concept of the nature of knowledge and reality as the way in which we act in the world and experience life.

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Thursday

Sep 10

Delve Readers Seminars

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Thu, September 10 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Six-week Seminar: Composed in the era of the Second World War, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has become, through various incarnations, one of the best known stories in the world and also part of a larger system of myth and lore--thee so-called "Tolkien universe"--that also includes the Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and countless additional tales in prose and verse.

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Saturday

Sep 12

Olufunke Grace Bankole
Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Writing No Matter What

Sat, September 12 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Walking the Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What The writing journey, exhilarating and wondrous as it is, can be punctuated with delays and disappointments. How do you keep writing through chaos or a stressful live event? If you are tired of not writing, and want to cultivate the “stick-to-it-ness” necessary for meeting your goals, this workshop is for you. Gleaning inspiration and guidance from writers like Annie Dillard and Julia Cameron, and mining the well of our own life…

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Monday

Sep 14

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 online: Nature Writing Now

Mon, September 14 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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” still 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 consider some historical and contemporary nature writing. Noticing how the genre has changed over time will help us understand how our cultural conceptions of…

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Tuesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020 online: Dear Liary: At the Outskirts of Genre

Tue, September 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This four-week workshop will consider the concept of “a liary” to explore the messy boundaries between fact and fiction, which takes its name from the idea that we might experiment with writing about our own life (as in a “diary”) using the tools of fiction (thus making it a “lie.”) What are the possibilities of using this as a starting technique, for both nonfiction and fiction writers? What other “truths” can be liberated when facts are off the hook? How…

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Tuesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online: Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Tue, September 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the nonfiction book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, marketing and promotion, author background, outline and sample chapter. Bring an idea, and be ready to write. The class includes extensive handouts and questionnaires to guide your work.

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Wednesday

Sep 16

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Novel Intensive

Wed, September 16 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

WAITING LIST ONLY. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org to be put on the waiting list. This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May.

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Thursday

Sep 17

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Novel Intensive: Section 2

Thu, September 17 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the Thursday night section of the Nine Month Novel Intensive. We've added a second section! This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan…

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Saturday

Sep 19

Writing Classes Memoir

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

Sat, September 19 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Waiting List only. The 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 to.

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Sunday

Sep 20

Writing Classes Memoir

Fall 2020 Online: Memoir Infusion!

Sun, September 20 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This class is meant to get you moving, excited and deeply engaged with your memoir project.

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Wednesday

Sep 23

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Fairytales Retold

Wed, September 23 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When exactly is “once upon a time,” what does it mean to live “happily ever after,” and how do these tropes from childhood storybooks find their way into so much contemporary literature and film? These traditional frames for fairytales are just one of the aspects we’ll study in this Delve; we will examine other aspects of structure, characters, and motifs of folktales, both in collected oral tales and literary retellings of those same tales over time, into the current day.…

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Wednesday

Sep 23

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020: Fragmentation and Joy: Writing for Resilience in Hard Times

Wed, September 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Following in the tradition of Ross Gay, we will focus on writing about joy in the midst of pandemic, protest, and looming election. We will explore the lyric essay as a celebration of the fragment and the collage. This is a generative writing class, where most of our time will be spent writing to prompts; at the end of our time together, we will offer feedback to each other on our work.

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Thursday

Sep 24

Portland Arts & Lectures

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (virtual event)

Thu, September 24 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020. Due to concern for the health and safety of our community due to COVID-19, it has been rescheduled to next spring: May 5, 2021.

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October 2020

Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Generative

Fall 2020 Online: Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

Sat, October 3 from 10:00 am - Sat, October 31 from 12:00 pm

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020 online: Writing Along the Seam

Sat, October 3 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent. When we reunite these forms, we welcome new, transformative forces into our work. In this course, we will consider various hybrid literary forms: lyric essay, poetic memoir, prose poetry, flash fiction, and visual/verbal hybrids. We’ll consider the unique powers of each of these forms and see what they can offer our writing.   Access Program We want our writing…

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Sunday

Oct 4

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre Generative

Fall 2020 online: Kindling the Story: Experiments in Research

Sun, October 4 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this five-week class we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways—sometimes as a seed that launches a surprising investigation, sometimes as the metaphorical connective tissue between memories of something unrelated, sometimes as structural scaffolding. Looking to journalism, ethnography, archives, found material, and our own repositories of memory and observation, we will…

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Monday

Oct 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Far From the Madding Crowd

Mon, October 5 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The older well-to-do gentleman farmer, the dashing cavalry officer, or the steadfast shepherd—whom will accidental tenant farmer Bathsheba Everdene choose? Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel that first established his international reputation, asks and answers that question. But, because this is Thomas Hardy, the course of true love is fraught with perils, tragic accidents of fate, well-meaning rustics, and—sheep. This is one of the great 19th century love stories, written by a master novelist/poet whose lifelong literary…

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Tuesday

Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition

Tue, October 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What is the purpose of public life? Should we live as thinkers or doers? These are the questions that Hannah Arendt tackles in her 1958 work ​The Human Condition. Philosophers have long argued that the ideal state for the human condition is a life of contemplation and inward-focus. Arendt questions the value of the ​vita contemplativa​ and she proposes that a life of action, ​vita activa​, is central to the human condition. Hannah Arendt is one of the most influential…

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Wednesday

Oct 7

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020 Online: Borders and Beginnings: Creation and Revision

Wed, October 7 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

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

Tue, October 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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…

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

Tue, October 13 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2020/21 Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Subscriptions start at just $90 for the series. Subscribe today! At this time, all lectures are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Helen Macdonald (Virtual Event)

Tue, October 13 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is the essay collection, Vesper Flights (Grove Atlantic, August 2020). Her best-selling memoir, H Is for Hawk, which the New York Times notes reminds us that “excellent nature writing can lay bare some of the intimacies of the wild world.” Macdonald is the author of a cultural history of…

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Friday

Oct 30

Writing Classes Short Fiction

Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

Fri, October 30 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work.

Participants should have experience writing stories and familiarity with the elements of literary short fiction including scene, character, conflict, place and revision. We will study individual stories by authors, read craft essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book.

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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival: Opening Day

Thu, November 5

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, taking place online November 5-21, 2020, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

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Saturday

Nov 21

Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival: Closing Day

Sat, November 21

Join Literary Arts for the final day of the Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books and cap off the 2020 Festival. The 2020 Festival takes place online November 5-21, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

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January 2021

Thursday

Jan 28

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Madeline Miller

Thu, Jan 28, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles (2011) and Circe (2018). Writing in a genre Miller refers to as “mythological realism,” these titles reimagine ancient Greek myths for the modern reader. The Song of Achilles won the 2012 Orange Prize (now The Women’s Prize for Fiction), was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, and was praised by acclaimed author Ann Patchett as “a book I could not put down.” Circe was a #1 New York Times bestseller…

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February 2021

Thursday

Feb 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi

Thu, Feb 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root…

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April 2021

Tuesday

Apr 20

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo

Tue, Apr 20, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Joy Harjo is a renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry—most recently An American Sunrise—several plays and children’s books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. She has received numerous prominent awards, including the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and 2015 Wallace Stevens Award. The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, says: “Her work powerfully connects us to the…

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May 2021

Tuesday

May 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

Tue, May 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2020/21 Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Subscriptions start at just $90 for the series. Subscribe today! At this time, all lectures are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 

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Tuesday

May 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)

Tue, May 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the forthcoming novel, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf, August 2020). Her best-selling debut novel, Homegoing (2016), is an intergenerational saga following two split branches of a Ghanaian family through three hundred years of history. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, was shortlisted for the British Book Award – Debut of the Year, was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, and…

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