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Saturday

Jun 26

Wednesday

Jun 30

Wednesday

Jun 30

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Other than Human Love: Cats, Colors, Gardens and More

We fall joyfully in love with the other-than-human elements of our world all the time: pets, places, flowers, ideas... Doing so opens us, makes our hearts more receptive by presenting different versions of reciprocity and humility. This class will focus on writers who have embraced other-than-human love, allowing themselves to fall in love with a

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Thursday

Jul 8

Monday

Jul 12

Friday

Jul 16

Free Events  

Emilly Prado: Funeral for Flaca

Join us for an evening of conversation with Emilly Prado and Celeste Noche, and a discussion of Funeral for Flaca, Emilly Prado's new book from Future Tense Books. You can read more about Emilly and the book in this feature story on Portland Monthly. Register in advance for this meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqqrj4sEtAXV3Fj0pmKR8yQEme1Q_7U

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Saturday

Jul 17

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Craft Conversations: Dialogue

Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking. ~ Joan Didion Sometimes, when I’m lucky, a line of dialogue, either something I’ve dreamed up or overheard, will spark a story.

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Sunday

Jul 18

Saturday

Jul 24

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Love Notes: Flash Prose

In this prompt-driven 2-day intensive participants will create a series of connected flash love stories. With the aid of experimental exercises exploring prose and poetry (epistolary, lists, photo captions, etc.) we will celebrate and write about love in all its forms, including the flip side of love and more! Special attention will be paid to

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Wednesday

Aug 4

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Oracles, Intuition, and Creativity

Forge a deeper connection with your intuition in this 5-week course exploring intuitive processes and symbolism in creative practice. Students will work with The Personal Oracle deck, designed by instructor Coleman Stevenson, to stretch their symbolic awareness and sharpen their creative instincts. The cards and other divinatory methods will be used as prompts for storytelling

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Wednesday

Aug 4

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday – August

Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Hosted by Natalie Serber. This month's featured reader is Mary Lou Buschi. Click

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Sunday

Aug 8

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Writing About Sex

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary

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Sunday

Aug 15

Wednesday

Aug 18

Free Events   Oregon Literary Fellowships  

Oregon Literary Fellowships Information Session

Questions about applying to this year's Oregon Literary Fellowships? Join us at this information session! You can drop-in anytime between 2 PM and 3 PM. If you can't attend this session, another session will be offered on August 31. Register in advance for this meeting here. Please contact Susan Moore (susan@literary-arts.org) or Jessica Meza-Torres (jessica@literary-arts.org)

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Tuesday

Aug 24

Delve Readers Seminars   Summer 2021  

The Book of Embraces

The vignetted format of this text sometimes expands into short stories and sometimes shrinks into prose-poems, but regardless of any section’s length, this book is always intimate, charming, and transportive. Galeano uses journalistic research, autobiographical anecdotes, and interviews to emphasize how there really is no distinction between the personal and the political. He writes of

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Wednesday

Aug 25

Writing Classes   Summer 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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Wednesday

Sep 1

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

James Baldwin

Explore James Baldwin's first two novels - Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni's Room - and some of his early essays in order to deepen your understanding of the intersection of identity, morality, and power. What do these early works teach about Baldwin's response to his own question: what does it mean to

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Saturday

Sep 4

Tuesday

Sep 7

Wednesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Build Your Own Publicity Plan

Many authors shy away from self-promotion, but a strong public persona and publicity plan is one of the best investments you can make in your forthcoming book. This class takes the guesswork out of promotion and guides you to develop a sustainable plan, wherever you are in the publication process. We’ll cover timelines, target markets,

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Wednesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Nine-Month Novel Intensive

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It runs from September through May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan Steinberg, as well as craft essays by authors including

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Thursday

Sep 16

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Nine-Month Novel Intensive: Thursday

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It runs from September through May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan Steinberg, as well as craft essays by authors including

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Friday

Sep 17

Friday

Sep 17

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Throughout history, writers have used lyrical 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

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Sunday

Sep 19

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Nature Writing Now: Intensive

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” 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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Sunday

Sep 19

Wednesday

Sep 22

Saturday

Sep 25

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Writing the Long Short Story

This class is ideal for writers looking to work on a long short story of 35 pages or more. The long short story is an interesting form, giving writers the elbow room to delineate their stories more deeply yet still staying devoted to the principles of the short story. For some writers, the long short

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Saturday

Sep 25

Writing Classes   Memoir   Fall 2021  

Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

This 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

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Tuesday

Sep 28

Tuesday

Sep 28

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

Hilary Mantel: Beyond the Booker

Hilary Mantel is best known for her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, the first two volumes of which (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) won the Booker Prize (in 2009 and 2012). The third and final volume, The Mirror and the Light, was published to acclaim in 2020. These books are modern masterpieces, yet Mantel’s earlier

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Thursday

Sep 30

Free Events  

Slamlandia

Recurring

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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Saturday

Oct 2

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

Writing Beyond Stereotypes of Disability

Characters with disabilities have been around as long as there have been stories, but often those characters are based on stereotypes that serve as plot shortcuts and end up being harmful to real people with disabilities. Disability is one of humanity’s most shared traits. It is inevitable that to write characters you will write disability.

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Wednesday

Oct 6

Wednesday

Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars   Fall 2021  

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) is one of the most celebrated & impactful books ever written. Since its publication over 50 million copies of the novel have been sold. The story follows the Buendía family & the other residents of Macondo through seven generations, depicting everything from civil war to flying carpets. The lush

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Wednesday

Oct 6

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: October

Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! October's One Page Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured reader is

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Tuesday

Oct 12

Thursday

Oct 14

Saturday

Oct 16

Sunday

Oct 17

Writing Classes   Fall 2021  

October BIPOC Writers Workshop

For BIPOC writers 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. Scholarships are

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