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October 2020

Monday

Oct 19

Fall 2020 Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, October 19 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Wednesday

Oct 21

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Borders and Beginnings: Creation and Revision

Wed, October 21 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Sunday

Oct 25

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Drafting Collage

Sun, October 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

The collage or braided essay ​weaves different narrative and thought threads into personal writing to represent a non-linear path of thinking through complex and difficult topics.​ In Drafting Collage, we will deepen our understanding of this form by using revision techniques and workshop to deepen an essay that students want to write or have already begun. Outside reading assignments and in-class writing and revision exercises will nuance our understanding of the form and allow for some experimentation and writing play.…

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Friday

Oct 30

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

Fri, October 30 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work.

Participants should have experience writing stories and familiarity with the elements of literary short fiction including scene, character, conflict, place and revision. We will study individual stories by authors, read craft essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book.

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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

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

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 Writing Classes

November 2020: Escritura generativa para adultos – en español

Thu, November 5 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Escritura generativa para adultos – en español Generative Writing for Adults – in Spanish (translation below) En este curso de tres 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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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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Saturday

Nov 21

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Writing Fairy Tales

Sat, November 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

The fairy tale is a fanciful storytelling genre that uses supernatural elements, personification, transformation, repetitive plot lines, and unambiguously good and evil characters to speak to social and cultural violence, oppression and shifts in power. How do we write an effective, inspiring modern fairy tale? We will read from the original Brother’s Grimm,Italo Calvino’s fairy tales,and Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber with the form, tapping into its nuances and reach as we find inspiration for our own fairy tales. Class…

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Sunday

Nov 22

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

November BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, November 22 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

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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January 2021

Saturday

Jan 16

Winter 2021 Writing Classes

Intersections of Identity and Experience, History and Imagination

Sat, Jan 16, 2021 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

In this webinar, open to prose writers and poets of all ages and backgrounds, participants will use freewriting, revision, and in-depth feedback as tools to create work that can spark new writing possibilities or build on an existing project. The class will address these types of questions: How do we synthesize our experiences and histories with acts of imagination? How do we break silences and heal from trauma through storytelling? How do we write about intersections between race, gender, sexuality,disability,…

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