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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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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Thu, November 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Six-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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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival

Jess Walter in conversation with Andrew Proctor: Portland Book Festival

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Purchasing this preorder from Powells.com entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Jess Walter on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of The Cold Millions will ship on the…

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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Escritura generativa para adultos – en español

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Escritura generativa para adultos – en español Generative Writing for Adults – in Spanish (translation below) En este curso de seis semanas, escribiremos juntos y compartiremos nuestra escritura, siguiendo el Amherst Writers and Artists Method (el método de escritores y artistas de Amherst). Para cada sesión de dos horas, escribiremos a dos a tres apuntes para sesiones medidas, con tiempo para compartir entre cada una. Participantes serán invitados a escribir en diferentes géneros, escribir historias personales y/o imaginadas, compartir su…

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Jump-starting Your Poems With Wonder

Sat, November 7 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lony Haley-Nelson notes: “Wonder is valuable…because it leads us to learn and remember.” Using the language and vocabulary of myth, folklore, science, and natural history as inspiration for poems, this generative workshop will help you jump-start the blank page in front of you.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Build Your Own Publicity Plan

Sat, November 7 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Many authors shy away from self-promotion, but a strong public persona and publicity plan is one of the best investments you can make in your forthcoming book. This class takes the guesswork out of promotion and guides you to develop a sustainable plan, wherever you are in the publication process. We’ll cover timelines, target markets, tools, and industry expectations, as well as how to collaborate with your press, and when (or whether) to hire an outside publicist.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Wed, November 11 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six week fiction workshop is open to students with some experience writing fiction of any length (flash, short stories, novels). Emphasis will be on the workshop and supporting each other to bring our fiction to the next level. Students can expect to submit substantial writing for workshop twice during the course, and to complete 1-2 hours of reading or outside work each week, in addition to writing time. Outcomes: Students will complete generative exercises and short readings for greater…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020 online: Addictive Openings: Refining and Electrifying Your Novel’s First Pages

Sat, November 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this class, we will spend four sessions together diving deep into what makes those sometimes tricky opening pages of your novel really sing. Most of us can bring to mind our favorite novels, and how they seemed to reach out and grab us right away. There is nothing more exhilarating than feeling that sense of immediate capture. But writing them can be tricky—should you use a prologue, how much context or backstory is really needed, and then of course,…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Fear and Writing

Sat, November 14 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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Monday

Nov 16

Portland Book Festival Free Events Virtual Event

West x Midwest at Portland Book Festival: Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown

Mon, November 16 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spend an evening with McArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown and as they discuss Just Us, Rankine’s brilliant new collection. This arrangement of essays, poems, and images, speaks to the mechanics of race in this country, and invites us to discover what it takes to build better futures. This event is presented BY WEST x MIDWEST, A COLLABORATION BETWEEN Black Mountain Institute, Literary Arts, The Loft's Wordplay, and Wisconsin Book Festival. This is a free, virtual event, and…

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Portland Book Festival

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Karen Russell: Portland Book Festival

Tue, November 17 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

From Powells.com Purchasing this preorder entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Margaret Atwood with Karen Russell on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of Dearly will ship on…

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Thursday

Nov 19

Portland Book Festival

Isabel Wilkerson in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen: Portland Book Festival

Thu, November 19 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

From Powells.com Purchasing this book entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Isabel Wilkerson in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of…

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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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