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Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Writing Class  

The Art of the Novella

The novella has its own parameters, intricacies, and rewards. Together we’ll look at the novella’s histories, jewels, origins, and how its varying structures still feed into the overall design. Students can use this experience to either enhance their own novellas, or learn more about this fascinating literary form. Access Program We want our writing classes

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Monday

Nov 8

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Nov 8

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Writing Class  

Placefinding

This three-hour intensive will focus on the poetics of place: even as we all move through places familiar and altogether new to us, have perhaps lockdown-lingered in landscapes we might not have chosen for ourselves, we carry other places within us—places of belonging or alienation, constriction or drift; places rural or metropolitan, virtual, liminal, majestic,

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Monday

Nov 8

Portland Book Festival   Poetry   Fiction  

Tenderness: Donika Kelly, Brandon Taylor, and Kirstin Valdez Quade

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Donika Kelly & Christopher Rose; Kirstin Valdez Quade; Brandon Taylor & Genevieve Hudson

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Nov 9

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Portland Book Festival   Teaching   Writing Class  

Embodied Writing: High School Educator Class

We know how important sensory detail can be to writing, but after many months of teaching and learning online, it can be easy to feel disconnected from our bodies and our senses. In this class, we’ll combine writing prompts with embodiment practices—including trauma-informed yoga, mindful movement, meditation, and breathing—that help regulate stress and bring awareness

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Tuesday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival   Nonfiction   Fiction  

Freedom: Aminder Dhaliwal, Nathan Harris, Maggie Nelson

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Aminder Dhaliwal & Tiffany Camhi; Nathan Harris & Gabriel Urza; and Maggie Nelson & Masha Gessen.

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Wednesday

Nov 10

Wednesday

Nov 10

Picture Book   Portland Book Festival  

Storytime: We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos

Six kids are ready to play: three speak English. Y tres hablan español . But all of them laugh alike and together! This clever playground adventure weaves together bilingual Spanish and English conversations, so two groups of children can express similar thoughts in their own languages. Join Carmen T. Bernier-Grand for this fun, online storytime with Multnomah County Library's Natasha Forrester Campbell!

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Wednesday

Nov 10

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Writing Class  

Creating Better Characters

This generative workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters. Through a series of in-workshop prompts and exercises participants will create and bring to life vivid characters. We will focus on physical description, internal life, setting, scene, action, and dialogue to round out and bring our creations to

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Wednesday

Nov 10

Wednesday

Nov 10

Portland Book Festival   Poetry   Nonfiction   Fiction  

Home: Rita Dove, Lauren Groff, Qian Julie Wang

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Rita Dove & Mary Szybist; Lauren Groff & Andrew Proctor; Qian Julie Wang & OPB's Jenn Chavez

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Thursday

Nov 11

Thursday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Writing Class  

Writing the Complicated Self

There is a great temptation to airbrush ourselves on the page, to fill in the pockmarks of our flaws—and yet this leaves us not only less trustworthy, but less interesting. Students will explore how the contradictions in their personalities—the gaps between dirty laundry and grace—are the most interesting spaces for both readers and writers. Together,

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Thursday

Nov 11

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Thursday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival   Poetry   Nonfiction   Fiction  

Hidden Worlds: Julia Cooke, Ruth Ozeki, Atsuro Riley

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Julia Cooke & Amy Wang; Ruth Ozeki & OPB's Dave Miller; Atsuro Riley & David Biespiel.

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Friday

Nov 12

Friday

Nov 12

Portland Book Festival   Poetry   Nonfiction   Fiction  

Love & Loss: Jasmine Guillory, Danielle Henderson, Devon Walker-Figueroa

Portland Book Festival virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will feature variety-show style interviews. Each night, three authors whose work shares thematic connections will join remotely, and interviewers will be broadcasting live from Portland literary locations. Tonights event features: Jasmine Guillory & Kisha Jarrett; Danielle Henderson with Live Wire's Luke Burbank & Elena Passarello; and Devon Walker-Figueroa with Jennifer Perrine.

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Portland Book Festival   Fiction  

Our Country Friends: Gary Shteyngart & Jon Raymond

Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation—a novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal, a book that reads like a great Russian novel, or Chekhov on the Hudson, by a novelist The New York Times calls “one of his generation’s most original writers.” Best-selling author Gary Shteyngart discusses his new novel with Jon Raymond.

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