Loading Events

Events

Join us for live events, reading seminars, and writing classes.

Featured Events

Past Events › Writing Classes

October 2016

Monday

Oct 3

Writing Classes

Fall 2016: Storytelling Intensive – Your Dark Material

Mon, Oct 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm - Mon, Oct 17, 2016 from 9:00 pm

This three-week master class in the art of live, true, personal storytelling will focus on how to tell the dark stories well. Bring your stories about living through loss, death, divorce, illness, struggle, or defeat – the stories we all need to tell and to hear. This class is designed for those who have taken the introductory course and have some storytelling experience. Mindy Nettifee is one of the producers of Back Fence PDX and host for The Moth. She…

Find out more

November 2016

Saturday

Nov 12

Writing Classes Ticketed Events

Fall 2016: Beginning the Novel

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

November 12 & 19th, December 3 & 10th (4 meetings) Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Taught by Gina Ochsner This class will put you on the path to writing a book-length work of fiction. Class time will be devoted to generative exercises focused on developing character, plot and setting. At the end of this class, participants will have a plan for going forward with their novel and strategies for setting up a focused writing schedule. Gina Ochsner is the author of The Hidden…

Find out more

January 2018

Saturday

Jan 6

Writing Classes

Writing the Lyric Essay

Sat, Jan 6, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

January 6 – 27, 2018 Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Jennifer Denrow For writers at all levels Explore the lyric essay and come up with your own definition of what constitutes a lyric essay and learn what this form can offer. The first half of the class you'll immerse yourself in the lyric essay, reading a variety of texts that have fallen into this category, all the while doing…

Find out more

January 2019

Saturday

Jan 12

Writing Classes

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Bend – Writers Writing: Graphic Memoir Workshop

Sat, Jan 12, 2019 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learn storytelling and illustrative expression with award-winning Nicole J. Georges. Learn the ins and outs of illustration and memoir and dabble with putting your own thoughts into ink. Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, "Calling Dr. Laura," was called "engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant" by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Her latest graphic memoir, "Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home…

Find out more

November 2019

Thursday

Nov 7

Writing Classes

The True, Brilliant You: Master Class with Brenda Shaghnessy

Thu, Nov 7, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy In this workshop you will read poems (to fill up on wonder and beauty and weirdness and resilience) workshop poems, (to re-see ourselves and hear each other), and generate poems (to open up to the new brilliant truth in us.) This class is for experienced poets. To apply for this class, please e-mail three poems in a single document by October 15, 2019 to Susan Moore at susan@literary- arts.org. Work e-mailed…

Find out more

January 2020

Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

Building a Writing Habit

Sun, January 5 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For writers at all levels Using The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a resource, this workshop gives writers the tools to establish a disciplined writing practice full of healthy habits so they can keep writing. Class time will be spent in discussion, writing and learning strategies for establishing a consistent writing practice. Kristina Tate is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. She has lived in Arizona, San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, New York City, Australia and elsewhere. Her work…

Find out more
Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

January Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, January 5 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about…

Find out more
Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

January Writer of Color Sunday Afternoon Workshop

Sun, January 5 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about…

Find out more
Saturday

Jan 11

Writing Classes

Elements of Story

Sat, January 11 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

for writers with some experience This workshop is ideal for writers with an early draft of a story, an in-progress story that has stalled, or an idea for a story that hasn’t quite found its form. We’ll take in-depth looks at basic elements of craft, from plot and dialogue to point of view and voice, exploring ways to weave these elements into our own work. Each week, we will share our stories in a supportive, creative workshop setting, with an…

Find out more
Tuesday

Jan 14

Writing Classes

Collisions: Short Story Workshop

Tue, January 14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For writers at all levels In this fiction workshop, we will explore how to use all manner of combustible collisions, both small and large, as generative fuel. Have a slew of disparate ideas stewing in your brain? We’ll investigate the power of unexpected pairings—how colliding seemingly unrelated images or ideas can spark something entirely original and point your work forward. You will build your own stories and receive the focused attention of a workshop environment. All levels Josha Nathan is…

Find out more
Sunday

Jan 26

Writing Classes

Memoir Writing: It happened to me and I’m here to tell it

Sun, January 26 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In this workshop we will explore how to go about making specific events from our lives into intriguing, relatable, and solid memoirs. We will spend time exploring memoir samples, building a writers' toolbox of skills such as scene writing, dialogue, characterization, how to navigate the ladder of abstraction, and setting. We will also share work in a safe and constructive setting.

Find out more

February 2020

Sunday

Feb 2

Writing Classes

Exploring the Lyric Essay

Sun, February 2 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Four-week Class: In this workshop, we’ll experiment with lyric essay techniques and structures, read a variety of examples that employ these techniques, and craft our own lyric essays on subjects of our choosing.

Find out more
Sunday

Feb 2

Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Sun, February 2 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-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.

Find out more
Sunday

Feb 9

Writing Classes

To Invent What We Desire

Sun, February 9 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One-day Workshop: It’s easy to become separated from our writing, and sometimes we don’t know how to return from that stuck place. This course explores experiences of being lost—and ways of getting found.

Find out more
Sunday

Feb 16

Writing Classes

February Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, February 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting.

Find out more
Saturday

Feb 22

Writing Classes

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Sat, February 22 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Two-week Class: We will try different ways into the conversation with grief, first through reading other writers, then in our notebooks. Writing exercises will allow you to explore memory, specifically as it can be accessed through the body.

Find out more
Saturday

Feb 29

Writing Classes

Collage Your Writing Project: A New Way Into Your Work

Sat, February 29 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Two-week Class: These are just a tiny sample of how we're going to dig deep and investigate our projects through a visual art form. Come with a big project, come with a story, come with an idea about something you want to begin.

Find out more

March 2020

Tuesday

Mar 3

Writing Classes

Personal Essay Writing 101

Tue, March 3 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Four-week Class: In this workshop, you will be guided through the personal essay writing process step by step. We’ll build upon the fundamentals of creative nonfiction in a supportive, respectful setting and draw inspiration as diligent readers. Invest in your writing, learn to overcome your fear of the blank page, generate new ideas and reawaken resting ones, share space with a new community of writers, and challenge yourself to write all the way to an ending.

Find out more
+ Export Events