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Tuesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes  

Fall 2020 online: Dear Liary: At the Outskirts of Genre

This four-week workshop will consider the concept of “a liary” to explore the messy boundaries between fact and fiction, which takes its name from the idea that we might experiment with writing about our own life (as in a “diary”) using the tools of fiction (thus making it a “lie.”) What are the possibilities of

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Wednesday

Sep 16

Thursday

Sep 17

Writing Classes  

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Novel Intensive: Section 2

This is the Thursday night section of the Nine Month Novel Intensive. We've added a second section! This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a

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Saturday

Sep 19

Writing Classes  

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

Waiting List only. The 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 to.

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Sunday

Sep 20

Writing Classes  

Fall 2020 Online:September Writer of Color Workshop

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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Sunday

Sep 20

Monday

Sep 21

Wednesday

Sep 23

Wednesday

Sep 30

Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes  

Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes  

Writing Along the Seam

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent.

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Sunday

Oct 4

Writing Classes  

Kindling the Story: Experiments in Research

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this five-week class we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways—sometimes as a seed that launches a surprising investigation, sometimes as the metaphorical connective tissue between

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Sunday

Oct 11

Writing Classes  

Using Persona To Reveal Our Many Selves

In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” We’ll follow in Whitman’s footsteps by reading and writing poems that explore the multiple people we have been, are, and could be. We’ll also blend autobiographical and fictional details and invite in personae—selves who seem vastly different from us—to discover new strategies

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Monday

Oct 12

Tuesday

Oct 13

Thursday

Oct 15

Writing Classes  

Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing

This six-week intensive will help you master the art of live true personal storytelling. The workshop covers crafting stories with a five-part story arc, guiding a story using theme and tone, honing your delivery for a live audience, as well as a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying art form. This particular intensive will

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Sunday

Oct 18

Writing Classes  

October BIPOC writer workshop

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

Oct 19

Friday

Oct 30

Writing Classes  

Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

FULL WAIT LIST ONLY This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work.

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 essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Saturday

Nov 7

Saturday

Nov 7

Wednesday

Nov 11

Thursday

Nov 12

Portland Book Festival   Youth Events   Writing Classes   Young Adult  

Youth Workshop: Hopes/Fears/Feathers: The Art of the Notebook and the Bird in Your Yard

In this workshop we’ll identify and then banish fears, generate new work on the page and examine ways the writer’s notebook can help to focus our attention, capture stories and make sense during unsettled times. We’ll look at poems by Claudia Rankine and Emily Dickinson and watch New York birder Christian Cooper nerd out on

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Picture Book   Middle Grade   Young Adult   Poetry   Nonfiction   Fiction  

Collaborative Writing for Educators

Explore cooperative exercises in this workshop aimed at encouraging shy writers and offering a variety of ways to look at subjects to stimulate every student. You will learn how to teach group projects that practice a range of writing techniques. We will write team poems, working together from brainstorming to polished pieces, and you will

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Saturday

Nov 14

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Portland Book Festival   Youth Events   Writing Classes   Free Events   Picture Book  

SOLD OUT: Youth Workshop: Portal to an Alternate Universe

Young writers will find an ordinary object, indoors or outdoors, that can magically transform into a portal to an altered universe! We’ll sketch it out and add descriptive words. Then we will use a guided visualization and literary models like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Wildwood to help create a scene. It

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Saturday

Nov 14

Saturday

Nov 14

Saturday

Nov 21

Writing Classes  

Writing Fairy Tales

The fairy tale is a fanciful storytelling genre that uses supernatural elements, personification, transformation, repetitive plot lines, and unambiguously good and evil characters to speak to social and cultural violence, oppression and shifts in power. How do we write an effective, inspiring modern fairy tale? We will read from the original Brother’s Grimm,Italo Calvino’s fairy

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Saturday

Dec 5

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Writing Flash Prose

In this 2-day intensive participants will create a mini scrapbook of vibrant vignettes, short short stories that tell tall tales. Mini epics. Through a series of experimental exercises focusing on key literary and poetic devices, students will bust through standard forms to draft vivid snapshots of life. We will also dig deep. Go behind the

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Monday

Dec 21

Wednesday

Jan 6

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

An individually focused poetry workshop designed to give committed writers a chance to meet, connect, and give and get feedback in a supportive, guided environment. Our focus: Personalized assignments and feedback suited to each poet’s needs. Reading recommendations and assignments, both from contemporary poets and essays on craft. Weekly in-class writing exercises. An understanding of

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Thursday

Jan 14

Writing Classes   Winter 2021   Fiction  

Collisions: Short Story Workshop

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

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Saturday

Jan 16

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Intersections of Identity and Experience

In this webinar, open to prose writers and poets of all ages and backgrounds, participants will use freewriting, revision, and in-depth feedback as tools to create work that can spark new writing possibilities or build on an existing project. The class will address these types of questions: How do we synthesize our experiences and histories

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Sunday

Jan 17

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Building a Writing Habit

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. Access Program

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Tuesday

Jan 19

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

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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Tuesday

Jan 26

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Essay Intensive: Lyric and Personal

In this eight-week intensive workshop, we will generate writing to prompts, finding our way into some lyric or personal essays. Participants will share drafts for focused feedback on specific craft issues and overall essay structure. The first four weeks will focus on one project, the second four weeks on another. Join this class to produce

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Wednesday

Feb 3

Wednesday

Feb 17

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Hybrid Writing Along The Seam

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent.

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Sunday

Feb 21

Monday

Feb 22

Thursday

Feb 25

Writing Classes   Winter 2021  

Four Letters: The Epistolary Form

To write a letter is an inherently generous act that rewards both the writer and the recipient. Letters are also an accessible, relational, and forgiving form; everyone can write a letter. Letters bridge distance by slowing us down and fostering deep connections. In this class, you will write four letters. These four letters will serve

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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

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