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Wednesday

Apr 7

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday

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. April's featured reader is Marilyn Freeman. Click here to

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Friday

Apr 9

Sunday

Apr 11

Writing Classes   SPRING 2021   For Bipoc Writers  

Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity

for BIPOC writers only Putting constraints on our writing can feel like a challenge, but sometimes a little pressure is what’s needed to push our writing in a new direction or to find language for what seems unsayable. We’ll draw on Oulipian constraints like the lipogram and the Beatiful Outlaw, as well as visual constraints

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Wednesday

Apr 14

Friday

Apr 16

Friday

Apr 16

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

General Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Join the five finalists for the Frances Fuller Victor Award in General Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work. FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION FINALISTS: Judges: Jordanna Bailkin, Farid Matuk, Adam Sowards Edwin Battistella of Ashland, Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump (Oxford University Press) Nicholas

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Saturday

Apr 17

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Oregon Book Award Fiction Finalists at Springfield Public Library

Join the five 2021 Oregon Book Award finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for a reading as part of Springfield Celebrates Authors. Chelsea Bieker of Portland, Godshot (Catapult Press) Genevieve Hudson of Portland, Boys of Alabama (Liveright Publishing, W.W. Norton) Mark Savage of Portland, Fictional Film Club (Deep Overstock) Vanessa Veselka of Portland, The Great

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Sunday

Apr 18

Sunday

Apr 18

Friday

Apr 23

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Creative Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Join the five finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award in Creative Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work. SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION FINALISTS: Judges: May-Lee Chai, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Heather Sellers Sierra Crane Murdoch of Hood River, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

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Friday

Apr 23

Free Events  

BIPOC Reading Series- April

The theme for April is "Uses of Anger" inspired by Audre Lorde's groundbreaking essay. This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. Come listen to our featured readers, or sign up to share your work in our open mic. Readings will

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Saturday

Apr 24

Free Events   For Bipoc Writers  

Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

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 self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices. Pitching a Book 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)

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Saturday

Apr 24

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Children’s Literature Finalists at Green Bean Books

Join the five Oregon Book Award finalists for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award, presented by Green Bean Books on Independent Bookstore Day. ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Judges: Nikki McClure, Eliot Schrefer, Wendy Wahman Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Butterflies Belong Here (Chronicle Books) Jody J. Little of Portland, Worse Than Weird (Harper

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Tuesday

Apr 27

Wednesday

Apr 28

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Oregon Book Awards Finalists in Drama: Panel Discussion

Join the five Oregon Book Award finalists for the Angus Bowmer Award in Drama for a panel discussion, moderated by Chip Miller, Associate Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Streamed live at Portland Center Stage on their You Tube and Facebook pages atYouTube, and Facebook ANGUS BOWMER AWARD FOR DRAMA Judges: Michelle

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Thursday

Apr 29

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May 1

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May 2

Thursday

May 6

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May 7

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May 7

Wednesday

May 12

Writing Classes   SPRING 2021  

Writing Breakage: The Collage Essay

in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. - Louise Gluck 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

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Wednesday

May 12

Free Events  

Incite: Queer Writers Read – May

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. The theme for May is Wayfinding.  Register for this event in advance.

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Friday

May 14

Free Events  

Writers In Progress: Short Fiction

An evening with writers who took part in Margaret Malone's Short Story Intensive class, from September 2020 to May 2021. Join us as they share pieces from the story collections they've been working on all year. Hosted by Margaret Malone Register here for this event

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Saturday

May 15

Sunday

May 16

Monday

May 17

Delve Readers Seminars   Spring 2021  

Moby-Dick

There are Great American Novels and then there is Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s 1851 masterpiece. Have you read it years ago and forgotten it already? Have you thought you should read it? Should you read it right now? All signs point to “yes.” Melville is great, he is strange, he is important, and Moby-Dick stands atop

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Tuesday

May 18

Wednesday

Jun 2

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: June

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. June's featured reader is Kelli Russell Agodon. Click here

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Craft Conversations: Character

If you are interested in taking a dive into how to make full, complicated, compelling characters in your work, if you want your reader to be thinking about your people (even if that character is you) long after they finish your novel, story, or memoir, if you want to deeply engage your reader, you must

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play: Afternoon session

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Tuesday

Jun 8

Writing Classes   Summer 2021   Summer of Love  

Strange Love: A Short Fiction Workshop

“Life is a flower,” wrote Victor Hugo, “whose honey is love.” Yet too much honey can make fiction syrupy, saccharine, cloying. In this month-long workshop, we’ll use model stories, generative exercises, workshop critiques, and focused revision to defamiliarize love stories through point of view, voice, plot, situation, sensory details, and genre. By the end of

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Tuesday

Jun 15

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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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