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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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Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Young Adult   Youth Events  

Dialogues: The Craft of Writing Conversation (High School Workshop)

“She had spoken it; but she trembled when it was done, conscious that her words were listened to, and daring not even to try to observe their effect.”-Jane Austen, from Persuasion In this workshop, we will write stories built around dialogue, around speech. Once written, we will perform the words aloud, seeing how they flow

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Nov 5

Poetry   Pop Up Events   Portland Book Festival  

Pop-up: Los Porteños presents Cindy Williams Gutiérrez & Juan Antonio Trujillo

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez & Juan Antonio Trujillo pop-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries. Williams Gutiérrez and Trujillo are paired with the artwork For the Love by Isaka Shamsud-Din; found in the Northwest Art gallery, on the 3rd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map or the Portland Book

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Nonfiction   Portland Book Festival  

Wading in Waist-High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes

Join Robin Pecknold, lead singer of Fleet Foxes, in conversation with Brandon Taylor (Filthy Animals). With an introduction by Brandon Taylor, and an afterword by Pecknold, Wading in Waist-High Water is a moving and intimate look at the art of songwriting, the joy of music-making, and what it means to produce meaningful and memorable sound. “There

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Poetry   Portland Book Festival  

Designing Women: Tayi Tibble & Shelley Wong

Celebrate two exciting debut poetry collections. Poem by poem, Tayi Tibble carves out a bold new way of engaging history, of straddling modernity and ancestry, desire and exploitation. Shelley Wong celebrates queer and Asian identity in "shape-shifting poems of becoming and knowing, seeing and being seen" (Electric Lit). Moderated by Alyssa Ogi.

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Portland Book Festival  

PDX Jazz Presents Cory Limuaco

Cory Limuacoe throws his full self into every performance, whether that’s working in the cosmic realm of Mae.Sun, blending neo-soul and fusion as a member of greaterkind, backing up superstar rapper Aminé, or deconstructing jazz and pop favorites with his own ensemble.

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In-person   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes  

The Unique Art of Autofiction

This is a three-hour, one-day intensive discussion on the unique genre of autofiction. This course will provide insight into the many nuances of autofiction, or autobiographical fiction. This “genre” involves writing that is based on real life experiences, but also utilizes fictional literary devices, makingit  a very unique form. I will provide craft essays and

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Nov 6

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In-person   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes  

“The Most Important Element”: Plot in Literary Fiction

“Plot-driven” has become a code word for commercial (aka “lesser”) fiction. But plot has always been what defines a good story. In this workshop, we will examine the centrality of plot in narrative, from Aristotle down to contemporary literary fiction. We will also explore the essential characteristics of a great plot and the rewards of

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Cover to Cover   Free Events  

PBF Cover to Cover: Lit-Mondo

Lit-Mondo is an improv comedy show inspired by prose, poetry, and other writing by local and traveling authors. A team of experienced improv comedians listen to short readings by authors and pull from the themes and ideas in their work to create hilarious original comedy scenes on the spot! 

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Nov 8

Fall 2022   online class   Writing Classes  

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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Saturday

Nov 12

For BIPOC writers   Free Events   In-person  

Oregon BIPOC Publishing Event: Pitching, Submitting, & Proposing

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University’s English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices.   Pitching, Submitting, & Proposing: How to Make Money as a

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Nov 17

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Recurring Event Slamlandia

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate

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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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Nov 19

For BIPOC writers   Free Events  

Oregon BIPOC Publishing Event: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Book!)

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University’s English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices.   What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Book!) Ever wonder

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Nov 28

Free Events   Writing Classes  

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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