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June 2021

Wednesday

Jun 23

Free Events

“George Venn: The Literary Lion of La Grande” Film and Q&A

Wed, June 23 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

‘George Venn : The Literary Lion of La Grande’ explores George Venn’s upbringing, his environmental work, writing process and legacy all while showcasing La Grande, Oregon as the beautiful backdrop for several poetry readings. Following the viewing of the short film will be a Q&A with filmmaker Erik Schultz from Paper Flames and George Venn. Click here to register for this event in advance.

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Friday

Jun 25

For Bipoc Writers Free Events

BIPOC Reading Series June

Fri, June 25 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. The theme for June is "the sun." Come listen to our featured readers, or sign up to share your work in our open mic. Readings will be followed by a short community discussion. Click here to register for this event. This event is open to everyone, but only people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color…

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Saturday

Jun 26

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Writing Towards Radical Self Love

Sat, June 26 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

“Liberation is the opportunity for every human, no matter their body, to have unobstructed access to their highest self; for every human to live in radical self love.” - Sonya Renee Taylor Radical self love is a liberation movement led by Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not an Apology. It is through radical self love that we deconstruct and unlearn forces that keep us from our highest selves. In the process we relearn our innate belonging and…

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Wednesday

Jun 30

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Wild Love: An Introduction to Nature Writing

Wed, June 30 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

“I love you, love you, love you / sad as you are, O world.” — Adelia Prado This class will offer an introduction to nature writing that is celebratory, joyful, loving, even sexy. While there is much to lament or critique in our current ecological moment, there is also much to honor and embrace. When we fall in love with a place, we can be receptive to its vital complexity through that lens of love. You will receive weekly prompts,…

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Wednesday

Jun 30

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Other than Human Love: Cats, Colors, Gardens and More

Wed, June 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

We fall joyfully in love with the other-than-human elements of our world all the time: pets, places, flowers, ideas... Doing so opens us, makes our hearts more receptive by presenting different versions of reciprocity and humility. This class will focus on writers who have embraced other-than-human love, allowing themselves to fall in love with a color, a cat, a river, a garden, and the world. Works we’ll look at will include (but not be limited to) Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Takashi…

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Wednesday

Jun 30

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

June BIPOC Craft Series: Setting

Wed, June 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This monthly craft series for BIPOC writers invites you to stretch into new forms of written expression. In June, we will breathe life into the setting of your stories. Using beloved and renowned BIPOC writers as models for captivating narratives that draw us into place, we will notice, play, practice, share and grow as writers. 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…

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July 2021

Thursday

Jul 8

Fiction Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Six Love Stories in Six Weeks

Thu, July 8 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Using Jeffrey Eugenides, My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead, Great Love Stories from Chekov to Munro, we will fall in love, once again, with our writing. Did the pandemic take a toll on your creative spirits? I invite you to join me, speed date your way back to the page with a new story each week. We will read great love stories, then use them as (lovers’) leaps into new work. Come prepared to swipe right on many generative prompts, to…

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Monday

Jul 12

Delve Readers Seminars Summer 2021

Tove Jansson: The Summer Book

Mon, July 12 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

If you already know Tove Jansson as the author and illustrator of the Moominfamily stories and comic strips, you will meet her in this Delve seminar as the author of her superb The Summer Book. This is a novel that is so deep and yet so apparently casual that it will repay the close reading we will give it in this four-week seminar. We will also observe her imagination for fiction in her short stories, letters, and other works. But…

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Wednesday

Jul 14

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read – July

Wed, July 14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. The theme for July is Both/And. Register for this event in advance.

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Thursday

Jul 15

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, July 15 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Thu, Aug 19, 2021

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. Hosted by Julia Gaskill. Register in advance for this event If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Friday

Jul 16

Free Events

Emilly Prado: Funeral for Flaca

Fri, July 16 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join us for an evening of conversation with Emilly Prado and Celeste Noche, and a discussion of Funeral for Flaca, Emilly Prado's new book from Future Tense Books. You can read more about Emilly and the book in this feature story on Portland Monthly. Register in advance for this meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqqrj4sEtAXV3Fj0pmKR8yQEme1Q_7U

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Saturday

Jul 17

Summer 2021 Writing Classes

Craft Conversations: Dialogue

Sat, July 17 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking. ~ Joan Didion Sometimes, when I’m lucky, a line of dialogue, either something I’ve dreamed up or overheard, will spark a story. Because dialogue is so revealing it can be an entrance point, a moment when a character speaking, reveals themself on the page. Because dialogue is…

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Saturday

Jul 17

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

For the Love of Roaming: Walking into the Lyric Essay

Sat, July 17 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

From Hemingway’s Moveable Feast to Thoreau’s meditation on “Walking” to Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting” to Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust, writers have connected the act of writing with the art of roaming. During this weekend together, we will spend some time reading poems and personal meditations on walking, and use them as prompts for our own writing. By the end of the weekend you will have a draft that includes memories of roaming, accounts of current saunters, quotes from other wanderers, and…

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Sunday

Jul 18

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

July BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, July 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

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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Tuesday

Jul 20

Delve Readers Seminars Summer 2021

Shuggie Bain

Tue, July 20 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Douglas Stuart won the 2020 Booker Prize with this debut novel about young Hugh (Shuggie) Bain, growing up in 1980s Glasgow and struggling to care for his wayward, alcoholic mother. Drawing on his own experience, Stuart portrays the difficulties of a working-class, queer childhood with heartbreaking tenderness, bringing Shuggie and his world vividly to life. This seminar will introduce readers to one of the most exciting new voices in literature. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible…

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Saturday

Jul 24

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Love Notes: Flash Prose

Sat, July 24 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

In this prompt-driven 2-day intensive participants will create a series of connected flash love stories. With the aid of experimental exercises exploring prose and poetry (epistolary, lists, photo captions, etc.) we will celebrate and write about love in all its forms, including the flip side of love and more! Special attention will be paid to voice and technique. Fiction, non-fiction, all genres welcome. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background.…

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Wednesday

Jul 28

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

July BIPOC Craft Series: Poetry

Wed, July 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This monthly craft series for BIPOC writers invites you to stretch into new forms of written expression. In July, we will enter the boundless realm of poetry. Using beloved and renowned BIPOC writers as models for poems that let the words flow, we will notice, play, practice, share and grow as writers. 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…

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August 2021

Wednesday

Aug 4

Summer 2021 Writing Classes

Oracles, Intuition, and Creativity

Wed, August 4 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Forge a deeper connection with your intuition in this 5-week course exploring intuitive processes and symbolism in creative practice. Students will work with The Personal Oracle deck, designed by instructor Coleman Stevenson, to stretch their symbolic awareness and sharpen their creative instincts. The cards and other divinatory methods will be used as prompts for storytelling and other creative writing exercises as well. This is a great class for card readers who want to expand their reading methods to include visual…

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Sunday

Aug 8

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Writing About Sex

Sun, August 8 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary and classy. Class one is entirely devoted to writing the literary kiss, and future sessions will cover sex “implied” with its absence on the page,…

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Sunday

Aug 15

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

August BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, August 15 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

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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Wednesday

Aug 18

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

August BIPOC Craft Series: Fiction

Wed, August 18 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This monthly craft series for BIPOC writers invites you to dream and imagine new worlds and characters for fictional storytelling. Using beloved and renowned BIPOC writers as models for fictional narratives, we will notice, play, practice, share and grow as writers. 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…

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Tuesday

Aug 24

Delve Readers Seminars Summer 2021

The Book of Embraces

Tue, August 24 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

The vignetted format of this text sometimes expands into short stories and sometimes shrinks into prose-poems, but regardless of any section’s length, this book is always intimate, charming, and transportive. Galeano uses journalistic research, autobiographical anecdotes, and interviews to emphasize how there really is no distinction between the personal and the political. He writes of the military dictatorship in Uruguay that forced him into exile, an Italian pantomime performance that reminded him the importance of loving your craft, a pet…

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Wednesday

Aug 25

Summer 2021

Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Wed, August 25 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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

Aug 25

Free Events

On The Metaphysics of Deep Gossip: Bagley Wright Lecture Series

Wed, August 25 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

In this memoir and craft talk, Lisa Jarnot reflects on her entanglement in the New York poetry scene over twenty-five years. Beginning with the proposition that deep gossip and urban mindfulness are sacred practices, she explores the places where the New York School’s feminine, marvelous, and tough irreverence opens into a deeper mystery that is passed down as a liturgy of ecstatic connectedness. The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking…

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Monday

Aug 30

For Bipoc Writers Summer 2021 Writing Classes

BIPOC Revision Workshop

Mon, August 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This affinity space for BIPOC writers will support the transformation of your early drafts into new iterations and more polished pieces. How do we revise our writing in ways that feel energized and nimble? How do we identify writing habits that aren’t serving us and gather inspiration from fellow writers? What can supportive feedback offer to our word choice, sentences, and overall structure of our piece? How can we be intentional about the writing moves we’re making for clarity, engagement,…

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September 2021

Tuesday

Sep 7

Fall 2021 Writing Classes

Refuse the Given World: Breaking Blocks Through Play

Tue, September 7 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

“When I sit down and start writing, I feel the given world recede, and I can just play.” --Sam Lipsyte Remember when you were a little kid, playing on the floor for hours and hours? Our best writing days are often imbued with that same sense of timelessness, freedom, wonder, and escape—in other words, our work often works best when it feels like play. In this generative writing course, we will tap into a playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions,…

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Wednesday

Sep 15

Fall 2021 Writing Classes

Nine-Month Novel Intensive

Wed, September 15 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It runs from September through May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan Steinberg, as well as craft essays by authors including Dorothy Allison, Jane Alison, and Alexander Chee. Some weeks you’ll have craft assignments to complete outside of class, and other weeks we’ll do in-class exercises…

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Saturday

Sep 25

Fall 2021 Memoir Writing Classes

Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

Sat, September 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

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 to. They should also be comfortable in a workshop setting, giving and receiving criticism on works in progress. Download syllabus here. Contact Susan Moore at…

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