• December 7, 2021
          Maxine Scates and Joseph Millar
          December 8, 2021
          One Page Wednesday: December
          December 9, 2021
          Bagley Wright Lecture Series: “Is That A Real Poem Or Did You Just Make It Up?”
          December 14, 2021
          The Moth Mainstage in Portland
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Tuesday

Dec 7

Free Events  

Maxine Scates and Joseph Millar

Join beloved and award-winning Oregon poets Maxine Scates and Joseph Millar for a virtual reading and discussion celebrating their latest collections. Many poems in My Wilderness by Maxine Scates chronicle how a wooded Oregon hillside, her longtime home, has turned from a refuge into a landscape of change where trees once numerous are now threatened

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Wednesday

Dec 8

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: December

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! December's One Page Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured readers are

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Thursday

Dec 9

Sunday

Dec 19

Wednesday

Jan 5

Writing Classes   Winter 2022  

Become Your Own Best Editor

“If you believe in revision you don’t have to worry about perfection.” -Naomi Shihab Nye Congratulations! You’ve written some stories, some chapters of a memoir, a handful of personal essays, now what? In this multi-genre workshop, you’ll learn techniques for revising and polishing your writing by locating intention—what you’ve come to say, and how best

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Saturday

Jan 15

Sunday

Jan 16

Delve Readers Seminars   Winter 2022  

Schopenhauer: Essays and Aphorisms

Of the great thinkers who created modernity—Darwin, Freud, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche—Arthur Schopenhauer is the least well known in America. And yet his thoughts about the place of humankind in the universe, the nature of life, and ethics profoundly shaped many of the great writers, artists, and thinkers of the twentieth century. In the last

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Tuesday

Jan 18

Delve Readers Seminars   Winter 2022  

Retellings

Humans are storytellers by nature: “Where would we be without our plots?” asks a character in a Margaret Atwood short story. Some stories persist over centuries and generations, subtly transformed with each retelling. In this seminar, we will read three modern renditions of old stories. In The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood reimagines the tale of Odysseus

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Tuesday

Jan 18

Winter 2022   Writing Classes  

Honor Your Inner Child: Play with Craft & Style

This generative writing series designed for beginner and intermediate writers will welcome our inner children back into the present through poetry and story-telling. As adults, childlike joy, pleasure, and wonder can be elusive and yet we carry these parts with us all the time. Our inner 8-year-old, 12-year-old, and 17-year-old are just waiting for us

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Tuesday

Jan 18

Free Events  

Paul Pastor and Joe Wilkins

Join us for an evening with Oregon authors Paul Pastor and Joe Wilkins. Paul Pastor's most recent book is Bower Lodge, a book that journeys inward to a wild landscape of joy, grief, and transformation. Joe Wilkins the author of four poetry collections, most recently Thieve, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and When

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Friday

Jan 21

Winter 2022   Writing Classes  

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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Monday

Jan 24

Writing Classes   Winter 2022  

Writing the Memoir and Personal Essay: Six Month Intensive

Get a good start on a memoir or personal essay collection while studying—via close readings of assigned texts—some of the essential methods of creative nonfiction. Students help to form a supportive, generously critical community of writers in which risk-taking, vulnerability, and love of language and of making underpin everything we do. During class meetings, students

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Saturday

Jan 29

Winter 2022   Writing Classes  

First Draft Fiction

This class is ideal for writers who have some experience of craft and would like to gain momentum on their manuscript (either a short story collection or a novel). Students will work on their fiction to create up to 70 additional pages for their manuscript and complete a close read of a work of fiction.

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Wednesday

Feb 9

Tuesday

Feb 22

Winter 2022   Writing Classes  

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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Wednesday

Feb 23

Winter 2022   Writing Classes  

Poetry of Place

This class will focus on how poetry stems from, evokes, or creates place. A place can be imaginary, material, or a combination of the two; most often, it is the latter. You'll learn about contemporary and historical ecopoetics, a field that looks at how places are created by ecological, social, cultural, and political forces, and

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Thursday

Apr 21

Thursday

May 12

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