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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  

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

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Writing Towards Radical Self Love

“Liberation is the opportunity for every human, no matter their body, to have unobstructed access to their highest self; for every human to live in radical self love.” - Sonya Renee Taylor Radical self love is a liberation movement led by Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not an Apology. It is through

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Wednesday

Jun 30

Wednesday

Jun 30

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   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   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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Thursday

Oct 21

Saturday

Oct 23

Fall 2021   Teaching   Writing Classes  

The Trauma-Informed Creative Writing Classroom

The creative writing classroom is not an explicitly healing space—yet writers regularly bring their stories of trauma into workshops. What are our obligations to these students as instructors? What are the best practices for managing workshop discussions about potentially triggering material? In this 6-hour intensive, learn when writing heals and harms, discuss syllabus disclaimers and

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Wednesday

Oct 27

Wednesday

Oct 27

Fall 2021   Memoir   Writing Classes  

Memoir Infusion

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. - William Faulkner If the primary purpose of literature is connection, what better way to accomplish that goal than through telling our experiences and how they formed us. This 8-week course is designed for writers already engaged in writing a memoir, who have some knowledge of

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Saturday

Nov 6

Sunday

Nov 7

Sunday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival   Writing Class   Writing Classes  

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

Portland Book Festival   Writing Class   Writing Classes  

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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Tuesday

Nov 9

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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Wednesday

Nov 10

Portland Book Festival   Writing Class   Writing Classes  

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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Thursday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival   Writing Class   Writing Classes  

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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Nov 12

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Nov 13

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Nov 13

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Nov 14

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Nov 21

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