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          The Lyric Essay Intensive: Braiding the World
          October 21, 2021
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          October 23, 2021
          The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom
          October 27, 2021
          Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Collection
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Tuesday

Mar 2

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Nature Writing Now

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some are questioning whether “nature” still even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will

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Wednesday

Mar 3

Youth Events   Writing Classes   Free Events  

Pop Culture Poems! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

This workshop will take a look at the ways poetry and pop culture intersect. We will practice inhabiting the voices of fictional characters, historical figures, and celebrities when tackling important themes in the work we create – from the likes of Mario to Frida Kahlo, Beyonce to Jon Snow. Led by Julia Gaskill, this workshop

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Saturday

Mar 6

Monday

Mar 8

Youth Events   Writing Classes   Free Events  

All About Slam! a Q&A Session | #Virtualandia! 2021

Learn about the slam poetry process, #Virtualandia, and ask any questions you have whether it's about form, performance tips, or inspiration sources. This Q&A session will be led by local experts in slam poetry—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jordan Wolmut, 2019 Verselandia! grand slam champion and Brave

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Wednesday

Mar 10

Youth Events   Writing Classes   Free Events  

From the Page to the Stage! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

You've got the words, so how do you say them? This workshop will provide the author different methods for how to bring out the best performance out of themself and their poem. We’ll read and discuss a few poems, practice some fresh techniques together, and have plenty of time for questions. -- RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualandia-2021-workshop-and-qa-sessions-tickets-142756002045

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Saturday

Mar 20

Writing Classes   SPRING 2021  

Revision: Taking a Second Look

Most authors know that real writing begins with rewriting. Yet, revision is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process. How do we dig deeper and color in the edges to make our writing more evocative? How do we use the senses to make it come to life? What would happen if we

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Monday

Mar 29

Youth Events   Writing Classes   Free Events  

Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

Refine your performance chops in anticipation of #Virtualandia! and more at this workshop co-led by two amazing slam poets—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jolly Wrapper, third place Verselandia! 2018 winner and Brave New Voices poet. Topics may include projecting your voice with confidence, extending metaphors, transitioning themes,

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Monday

Apr 5

Writing Classes   Fiction   SPRING 2021  

Short Story Crash Course

Draft a short story in six weeks. Classes combine generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character with workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. You will also read short stories by masters of the form to help you envision a range of creative possibilities. By the end

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Sunday

Apr 11

Writing Classes   SPRING 2021   For Bipoc Writers  

Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity

for BIPOC writers only Putting constraints on our writing can feel like a challenge, but sometimes a little pressure is what’s needed to push our writing in a new direction or to find language for what seems unsayable. We’ll draw on Oulipian constraints like the lipogram and the Beatiful Outlaw, as well as visual constraints

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Sunday

Apr 18

Sunday

Apr 18

Saturday

Apr 24

Free Events   For Bipoc Writers  

Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University's English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed for writers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices. Pitching a Book 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)

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Saturday

May 1

Wednesday

May 12

Writing Classes   SPRING 2021  

Writing Breakage: The Collage Essay

in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. - Louise Gluck Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not

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Saturday

May 15

Sunday

May 16

Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Craft Conversations: Character

If you are interested in taking a dive into how to make full, complicated, compelling characters in your work, if you want your reader to be thinking about your people (even if that character is you) long after they finish your novel, story, or memoir, if you want to deeply engage your reader, you must

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play: Afternoon session

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Tuesday

Jun 8

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Strange Love: A Short Fiction Workshop

“Life is a flower,” wrote Victor Hugo, “whose honey is love.” Yet too much honey can make fiction syrupy, saccharine, cloying. In this month-long workshop, we’ll use model stories, generative exercises, workshop critiques, and focused revision to defamiliarize love stories through point of view, voice, plot, situation, sensory details, and genre. By the end of

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Saturday

Jun 26

Wednesday

Jun 30

Wednesday

Jun 30

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Other than Human Love: Cats, Colors, Gardens and More

We fall joyfully in love with the other-than-human elements of our world all the time: pets, places, flowers, ideas... Doing so opens us, makes our hearts more receptive by presenting different versions of reciprocity and humility. This class will focus on writers who have embraced other-than-human love, allowing themselves to fall in love with a

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Thursday

Jul 8

Saturday

Jul 17

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Craft Conversations: Dialogue

Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking. ~ Joan Didion Sometimes, when I’m lucky, a line of dialogue, either something I’ve dreamed up or overheard, will spark a story.

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Sunday

Jul 18

Saturday

Jul 24

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Love Notes: Flash Prose

In this prompt-driven 2-day intensive participants will create a series of connected flash love stories. With the aid of experimental exercises exploring prose and poetry (epistolary, lists, photo captions, etc.) we will celebrate and write about love in all its forms, including the flip side of love and more! Special attention will be paid to

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Wednesday

Aug 4

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Oracles, Intuition, and Creativity

Forge a deeper connection with your intuition in this 5-week course exploring intuitive processes and symbolism in creative practice. Students will work with The Personal Oracle deck, designed by instructor Coleman Stevenson, to stretch their symbolic awareness and sharpen their creative instincts. The cards and other divinatory methods will be used as prompts for storytelling

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Sunday

Aug 8

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Writing About Sex

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary

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Sunday

Aug 15

Wednesday

Aug 25

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

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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Saturday

Sep 4

Tuesday

Sep 7

Wednesday

Sep 15

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Build Your Own Publicity Plan

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,

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Wednesday

Sep 15

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Nine-Month Novel Intensive

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It runs from September through May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan Steinberg, as well as craft essays by authors including

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Thursday

Sep 16

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Nine-Month Novel Intensive: Thursday

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It runs from September through May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan Steinberg, as well as craft essays by authors including

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Friday

Sep 17

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Throughout history, writers have used lyrical techniques to access states of consciousness we associate with grief. Lyrical writing prioritizes music, rhythm, and emotion over the narrative arc. The goal of this course is to find entry into writing through reading, conversation,and various prompts and exercises to catalyze memory and thinking. We will consider how writers

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Sunday

Sep 19

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Nature Writing Now: Intensive

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will

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Sunday

Sep 19

Saturday

Sep 25

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Writing the Long Short Story

This class is ideal for writers looking to work on a long short story of 35 pages or more. The long short story is an interesting form, giving writers the elbow room to delineate their stories more deeply yet still staying devoted to the principles of the short story. For some writers, the long short

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Saturday

Sep 25

Fall 2021   Memoir   Writing Classes  

Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

This class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months

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Saturday

Oct 2

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

Writing Beyond Stereotypes of Disability

Characters with disabilities have been around as long as there have been stories, but often those characters are based on stereotypes that serve as plot shortcuts and end up being harmful to real people with disabilities. Disability is one of humanity’s most shared traits. It is inevitable that to write characters you will write disability.

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Wednesday

Oct 6

Tuesday

Oct 12

Sunday

Oct 17

Fall 2021   Writing Classes  

October BIPOC Writers Workshop

For BIPOC writers Searching for a space to create new work with fellow BIPOC writers? This two-hour workshop meets on Zoom. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to BIPOC writers at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Scholarships are

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