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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

Sep 10

Wednesday

Sep 14

Thursday

Sep 15

Fall 2022   online class   Writing Classes  

The Notebook: Your Creative Process

Can we “chase” our imagination to its source? Where does creativity happen in the mind? These are some of the questions Lynda Barry explores in her book Syllabus, which describes the author’s lifelong investigation of the creative process. Participants will discuss Barry's techniques, and visit their own creative process, and perhaps draft a new story,

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Thursday

Sep 15

Tuesday

Sep 20

Wednesday

Sep 21

Saturday

Sep 24

Saturday

Sep 24

Monday

Sep 26

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Wednesday

Sep 28

Fall 2022   online class   Writing Classes  

Weekly Check-In: Getting the Work Done

This 8-week class is focused on holding yourself and your classmates accountable to your writing goals.  Each week, plan to share your work-in-progress with the group, set or revise goals for your weekly writing practice, and share successes and challenges with fellow writers. You’ll also learn strategies for keeping focused and staying on track. Occasional

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Saturday

Oct 1

Monday

Oct 3

Delve Readers Seminars   Writing Classes   In-person   Fall 2022   Delve for Writers  

Delve for Writers: Joan Didion and Durga Chew-Bose

Delve for Writers is a new, occasional Delve series that offers seminars that focus on close readings of narrative, form, and stylistic choices that writers can incorporate into their own writing practice. Creative nonfiction is the perfect place to find voice, ideas and perspective – and nobody does it better Joan Didion and contemporary groundbreaker

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Wednesday

Oct 5

Saturday

Oct 15

Tuesday

Oct 18

Wednesday

Oct 19

Wednesday

Oct 19

Tuesday

Oct 25

Monday

Oct 31

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Tuesday

Nov 1

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   online class  

Poetry Through Divination

In this online three-part workshop, participants will explore various methods of using the Tarot and other simple forms of divination as prompts for poems. We will allow ourselves to be guided intuitively in our creations, suppressing the urge to control the process intellectually. Session One will be purely generative, focusing on starting and progressing new

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Thursday

Nov 3

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   online class  

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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Friday

Nov 4

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   online class  

Creating Vibrant and Complex 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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Friday

Nov 4

Saturday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   In-person  

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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Saturday

Nov 5

Saturday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival   Youth Events   Writing Classes   Young Adult  

Poetic Sculpture (High School Workshop)

The famous abstract painter Joan Mitchell once said, “My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields. … it’s more like a poem, and that’s what I want to paint.” She was inspired by poet friends, too. In this workshop, we’ll write poetry and turn it into art. Participants brainstorm about a

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Saturday

Nov 5

Sunday

Nov 6

Sunday

Nov 6

Sunday

Nov 6

Sunday

Nov 6

Tuesday

Nov 8

Writing Classes   online class   Fall 2022  

Recharge Your Writing Life: Experiments & Strategies

Equal parts strategy, community, generative writing, and experiment, this class will help writers spark curiosity and deepen self-knowledge while crafting artistic habits that nourish. A good fit for writers who want to reimagine their creative life. We’ll discuss methods for working through blocks and rejection, rituals that refill the well, and ways to make time

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Tuesday

Nov 15

Saturday

Nov 19

BIPOC writers   Writing Classes  

BIPOC Writing Workshop: November

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. Access Program We want our

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Monday

Nov 28

Saturday

Dec 3

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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Sunday

Dec 11

Monday

Dec 26

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Wednesday

Jan 11

online class   Winter 2023   Writing Classes  

Six Month Short Story Intensive

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of six months. 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

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Saturday

Jan 14

online class   Winter 2023   Writing Classes  

Mastering the Short Story

In this intensive workshop, students will write and revise their short stories focusing on craft elements such as characters, voice, subtext, and story structure. At the end of the six weeks, students will have created a dossier of up to 20 pages of new work and received detailed feedback from the instructor. Access Program We

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Friday

Jan 20

Writing Classes   online class   Winter 2023  

Six Month Screenwriting Intensive

“Screenplays…are primarily a narrative blueprint for cinematic interpretation. They require certain beats, certain layouts, and certain terminology to communicate the visual and audio needs of an eventual production — a production that hundreds of professionals will collaborate on.” - Ken Miyamoto, Screencraft “The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take

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Wednesday

Jan 25

online class   Winter 2023   Writing Classes  

Experiments in Creativity

If you allow them to, ideas for art and writing can come from absolutely anywhere. This creative generation class will put that theory to the test, through a series of experiments in creative problem-solving, spontaneous and chance-based play, and other exploratory prompts that challenge you to work outside your normal modes and investigate how the

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Thursday

Jan 26

Friday

Jan 27

online class   Winter 2023   Writing Classes  

Grief, Lyrically

Writers often use musical 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 crafting stories

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Monday

Jan 30

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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