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September 2020

Monday

Sep 21

Writing Classes Free Events Virtual Event

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, September 21 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Sep 23

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020: Fragmentation and Joy: Writing for Resilience in Hard Times

Wed, September 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Following in the tradition of Ross Gay, we will focus on writing about joy in the midst of pandemic, protest, and looming election. We will explore the lyric essay as a celebration of the fragment and the collage. This is a generative writing class, where most of our time will be spent writing to prompts; at the end of our time together, we will offer feedback to each other on our work.

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Wednesday

Sep 30

Writing Classes Professional Development Publishing

Fall 2020 Online: Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal: Second Section

Wed, September 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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October 2020

Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Generative

Fall 2020 Online: Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

Sat, October 3 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020 online: Writing Along the Seam

Sat, October 3 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent. When we reunite these forms, we welcome new, transformative forces into our work. In this course, we will consider various hybrid literary forms: lyric essay,…

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Sunday

Oct 4

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre Generative

Fall 2020 online: Kindling the Story: Experiments in Research

Sun, October 4 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this five-week class we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways—sometimes as a seed that launches a surprising investigation, sometimes as the metaphorical connective tissue between memories of something unrelated, sometimes as structural scaffolding. Looking to journalism, ethnography, archives, found material, and our own repositories of memory and observation, we will…

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Sunday

Oct 11

Writing Classes Poetry

Fall 2020 Online: Using Persona To Reveal Our Many Selves

Sun, October 11 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” We’ll follow in Whitman’s footsteps by reading and writing poems that explore the multiple people we have been, are, and could be. We’ll also blend autobiographical and fictional details and invite in personae—selves who seem vastly different from us—to discover new strategies for writing from the fullness of our messy, contradictory lives.

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020: Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected or the Unusual By Working with Limits

Tue, October 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sometimes freedom is found within the boundaries of constraints. In this workshop, we are going to write to prompts, but with a twist. Each prompt will also come with some form of constraint or a series of constraints (i.e. write in the present tense, write only in second person, write the experience from end to beginning, etc.) We will be working towards a series of prose poems, or a lyric essay, or a personal essay, but all the while using…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Writing Classes Storytelling

Fall 2020 online: Fall Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing/Healing our Stories

Thu, October 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six-week intensive will help you master the art of live true personal storytelling. The workshop covers crafting stories with a five-part story arc, guiding a story using theme and tone, honing your delivery for a live audience, as well as a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying art form. This particular intensive will dive into stories of healing. How do we talk about the events of our lives that truly shaped and transformed us, change how we saw…

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Sunday

Oct 18

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online:October Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, October 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Oct 21

Writing Classes Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020 Online: Borders and Beginnings: Creation and Revision

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

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

Writing Classes Nonfiction Personal Essay

Fall 2020 Online: Drafting Collage

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

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 Short Fiction

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

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

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

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 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 Short Fiction The Novel

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 The Novel

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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