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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 2020

Wednesday

Apr 8

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Free

Wed, April 8 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This 90-minute creative writing workshop is a laid-back session taught via Zoom that is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing. Students will be guided through fun, imaginative writing exercises and flex their creative muscles with plenty of time to chat with fellow writers. Limited to 20 students. All genres. Zoom meeting instructions to be emailed to students by instructor prior to class start.   Sold out but still interested in joining a waitlist and/or…

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Sunday

Apr 19

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: April Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, April 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Monday

Apr 27

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Strange Stories: Putting the Uncanny in Your Fiction

Mon, April 27

A 4-week online workshop. Looking at stories from writers such as Kelly Link and A.S. Byatt, we will consider how the strange can get us closer to the truth. Plan to draft two stories and discuss one of those stories with the class.

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May 2020

Monday

May 4

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Short Story Crash Course

Mon, May 4

Draft a short story in four weeks.  Each week’s session in this asynchronous online class combines generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character with workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. 

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Sunday

May 10

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Advanced Memoir

Sun, May 10 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Six-week Class: This workshop is for participants deep into writing their memoir. We will spend our time discussing one another's work, looking at tools and practices of the form, reading some sample memoir sections, and helping to boost writing stamina as you strive toward a finished draft.

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Monday

May 11

Writing Classes

Online: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

Mon, May 11 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eight-week Class: This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing.

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Saturday

May 16

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 ONLINE: The Lyric Essay: Braiding the World

Sat, May 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The lyric essay is a form which allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments, and then stitch them together into short essays. Call it a collage, a mosaic or a quilt; you will leave the workshop with a sense of how small pieces of writing can grow into essays.

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Sunday

May 17

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Filling the Well

Sun, May 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meets online via Zoom. A generative class for beginning and experienced writers who want to be writing but feel stuck on an ongoing project or are fresh out of ideas.

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Sunday

May 24

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: May Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, May 24 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Thursday

May 28

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Fiction Workshop for Teens

Thu, May 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 28, 2020

This course consists of three consecutive 90-minute workshops that will take place from noon - 1:30 p.m on May 14, May 21, and May 28, 2020 and will be taught via Zoom, by writer Jules Ohman. The workshop is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing fiction. Students will be guided through fun and generative writing exercises, learn new craft techniques, and receive feedback on their work from their peers and instructor. Limited to 16…

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Thursday

May 28

Writing Classes

Spring Storytelling Intensive

Thu, May 28 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The workshop covers crafting stories using the five-part story arc, delivering your best performance onstage, and a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying artform.

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June 2020

Saturday

Jun 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

Sat, June 6 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays. 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. Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They'll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then…

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Sunday

Jun 7

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, June 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters.

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Saturday

Jun 13

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Sat, June 13 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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 want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative non-fiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex thinking. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the…

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Wednesday

Jun 17

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 17 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. This free event takes place on Zoom, using the "audio only" option. If you'd like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note…

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Sunday

Jun 21

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online:June Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, June 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Wednesday

Jun 24

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 24 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. This free event takes place on Zoom, using the "audio only" option. If you'd like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note…

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Saturday

Jun 27

Writing Classes

Fear and Writing

Sat, June 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zoom webinar: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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