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          Kundiman Reading Salon
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Events, Classes, and Seminars

Our events, classes, and seminars bring the community together to hear, learn, and discuss the most compelling issues and ideas of our day. We hope you will join us in our downtown Literary Arts space, online, and at partnering venues across Portland and Oregon.

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Saturday

Oct 1

Saturday

Nov 5

In-person   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes  

Starting the Memoir

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. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then do their own

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Sunday

Nov 6

In-person   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes  

The Unique Art of Autofiction

This is a three-hour, one-day intensive discussion on the unique genre of autofiction. This course will provide insight into the many nuances of autofiction, or autobiographical fiction. This “genre” involves writing that is based on real life experiences, but also utilizes fictional literary devices, makingit  a very unique form. I will provide craft essays and

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Sunday

Nov 6

Sunday

Nov 6

In-person   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes  

“The Most Important Element”: Plot in Literary Fiction

“Plot-driven” has become a code word for commercial (aka “lesser”) fiction. But plot has always been what defines a good story. In this workshop, we will examine the centrality of plot in narrative, from Aristotle down to contemporary literary fiction. We will also explore the essential characteristics of a great plot and the rewards of

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Sunday

Nov 6

Tuesday

Nov 8

Fall 2022   In-person   Writing Classes  

Surrealist Games for Surreal Times

Surrealist games are practices for circumventing our rational, reasoning mind to unlock unconscious or seemingly irrational forms of creativity. By using play, surprise, chance, and collaboration, we’ll write in ways that tap into our dreams, our imagination, and our intuition—the extraordinary spaces that help us move through challenging times. This in-person class will introduce you

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Saturday

Dec 10

Fall 2022   In-person   Writing Classes  

Submission Party

Bring a story, essay, nonfiction, hybrid piece - anything you feels is ready to submit. We'll review how submission works, how to research the literary magazines that might be a good fit for your work, and then, we'll submit! Liaison position Every in-person class and seminar at Literary Arts has one liaison position. Liaisons perform

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