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June 2020

Wednesday

Jun 3

Free Events

Online: One Page Wednesday June

Wed, June 3 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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! Hosted by Natalie Serber. At least 20 people will be invited to read for four minutes. Click Here to sign up in advance for this event After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining…

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Thursday

Jun 4

Free Events

Slamlandia Online

Thu, June 4 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We're back with another poetry open mic - with a feature from the wonderful TaneshaNicole Poetry! All poets will have 3 minutes to share their poetry. We'll see you all at 7pm on June 4th for Slamlandia Poetry Open Mic. Register in advance for this event on Zoom

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Saturday

Jun 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

Sat, June 6 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays. John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory. Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They'll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then…

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Sunday

Jun 7

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, June 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters.

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Saturday

Jun 13

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Sat, June 13 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative non-fiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex thinking. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the…

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Wednesday

Jun 17

Free Events Virtual Event

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Wed, June 17 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event was originally scheduled for June 4 and has been moved to June 17. Given the events across the country over the past week, and particularly those in Minneapolis, the four partner organizations, in concert with the author, have decided to postpone our event for Quichotte until June 17th. We take this step in the interest of giving proper weight to the reasons behind the protests. We also want to allow the opportunity for a full discussion of Salman's work. We…

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Thursday

Jun 18

Free Events

Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase

Thu, June 18 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts and Ooligan Press (part of Portland State’s graduate program in Book Publishing) partner to present the fourth Oregon Writers of Color Spring Showcase. This event will feature many of Oregon’s most talented, diverse writers and is designed to connect these artists with the publishers seeking to hear their voices. The evening’s host will be 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient Olufunke Grace Bankole. Register in Advance for this Event

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Monday

Jun 22

Virtual Event

2020 Oregon Book Awards

Mon, June 22 from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project   Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we will not be hosting our 33rd Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on June 22. However, we are excited to announce that the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony will take place in a different format. “The 2020 Oregon Book Awards” a special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project Monday, June 22, 2020 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. OPB Radio…

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Tuesday

Jun 23

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Best Friends Forever: Female Friendship in Literature

Tue, June 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“It would be ten years before they saw each other again, and their meeting would be thick with birds.” This Delve will explore female friendship, as written by women writers, through both a fiction and nonfiction lens. These friendships are complex and nuanced, sometimes ugly, sometimes enduring, and sometimes one of the most significant relationships of a lifetime. Through Toni Morrison's beautiful and stirring Sula and Nel, Hungarian writer Szabo's unlikely relationship between a woman and her housekeeper in The…

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Saturday

Jun 27

Writing Classes

Fear and Writing

Sat, June 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zoom webinar: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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July 2020

Tuesday

Jul 7

Delve Readers Seminars

Summer 2020 Delve Online: Nigerian Voices: Chinua Achebe and Helon Habila

Tue, July 7 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

From the precolonial period to modern times, these two authors show the complexity of Nigerian history: the original tribal forms of organizing the society, where the strong man rules for good and for bad; the colonial era where those tribal communities transform in order to negotiate with the colonizers; and the postcolonial period that shows how the thirst for oil from the western powers also generates conflicts between the native peoples and a level of corruption that pervade every aspect…

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Wednesday

Jul 8

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting The Story: Short Fiction workshop

Wed, July 8 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This 4 -week short fiction workshop will focus on generating new work. Participants will read excerpts, share just-written work aloud, and discuss assigned weekly readings together. We will investigate ways to unearth material together and share strategies for maintaining a regular writing practice. Participants will leave will many fragments and several starts for new work.

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Thursday

Jul 9

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Novel

Thu, July 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dive in to the first draft of your novel with confidence, excitement, and curiosity, armed with tools to deal with doubt and writers block. This three week online class will include writing exercises, feedback and a discussion of the variety of ways to begin a novel.

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Thursday

Jul 9

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Milan Kundera

Thu, July 9 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Explore Czech writer Kundera alongside some of his inspirations. We will begin with his most famous work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, reading both the original text and exploring major influences on this work, through excerpts from Kafka and Nietzsche. We will also read his novel Immortality and short story collection Laughable Loves. We will discuss what is distinctive about Kundera's style, such as his lyrical writing…

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Friday

Jul 10

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Finding Flow

Fri, July 10 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is the enemy of the good; it is also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.” ~Rebecca Solnit Carving time and space to be attentive to our creative practice can be daunting at anytime, during a pandemic, when we're struggling to juggle all our roles it's even more difficult. Not only do we have to make the time, which often means taking time…

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Wednesday

Jul 15

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: The Ethics of Ambiguity and The Metamorphosis

Wed, July 15 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In her book The Ethics of Ambiguity, the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir asks us to consider what it means to exercise individual freedom and to live in community with others. Where does our individual freedom begin and end? Simone de Beauvoir claims that our personal freedom can be manifest only when we “will others free.” How do we create a life where we protect our individual freedom and work toward the freedom of our neighbor? Can both forms of freedom…

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Thursday

Jul 16

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Science, Magic, and the Mundane: Speculative Worlds and how to Write Them

Thu, July 16 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When we think of speculative words, such as those found in science fiction, high fantasy, and urban fantasy, we often wonder how the author managed to come up with fantastical ideas that are both believable and logical. We often don't stop to think about how much of the scientific in our world could easily be considered magical, or how our mundane life could also be seen as extraordinary. It’s easy enough to say that our technology would be fantastical to…

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Sunday

Jul 19

Writing Classes

Summer 2020: Mastering Revision

Sun, July 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this four-week class, we will take an editor’s perspective on polishing our work.
The class will be structured as a mini-workshop and we will devote most of our time to peer reading and critique with an emphasis on elements of developmental editing as well as line editing

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Thursday

Jul 23

Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Thu, July 23 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Four-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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August 2020

Wednesday

Aug 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Ritual, Redemption, and Epiphany

Wed, August 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4 week Delve online. This Delve Seminar explores the common human experiences of redemption and epiphany and the role that ritual can play in ushering in such profound moments. Through our texts, we’ll examine how ritual can be used to protect societal structures as well as shift culture, how the tension between what has been and what might be leads to necessary conflict within the self, and how the power of acute experience ushers in clarity and the capacity for change.

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Thursday

Aug 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Turning Life Into Fiction

Thu, August 6 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

"Because something happened to you, you own it. Tell your stories. ~Anne Lamott Often, when we set out to write a story we don't know where to begin. In this class we will look at the wealth of possibility in our lives, in our family life, our work life, or something a friend has told you that seems perfect fodder for fiction. What is a story that's often retold to the point of folklore in your family? What is the…

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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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September 2020

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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October 2020

Tuesday

Oct 13

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

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

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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

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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December 2020

Thursday

Dec 3

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi

Thu, December 3 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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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

Wednesday

May 5

Portland Arts & Lectures

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead

Wed, May 5, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 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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