Writers

Discover new ways to hone and celebrate your writing craft through our annual fellowships and awards, a wide range of classes, and free community events all year round.

Booth Emergency Fund for Writers

Like many of those in our communities, The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on Oregon’s writers. Many are experiencing crisis level disruptions to their work, family lives and overall financial security. In response to this need,  Literary Arts has allocated a significant amount from our Brian Booth Writers’ Fund to create the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets and playwrights. 

Update on Booth Emergency Fund:

Writers applied  online in April and May for grants of $1,000 each.  Literary Arts received 180 applications. The applications were scored by members of the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory council and Literary Arts Board of Directors.  

The week of June 5, we notified 100 applicants that they will receive funding. Literary Arts is awarding $100,000 total to writers from 24 towns across Oregon.

 Literary Arts prioritized funding for BIPOC writers. 25% of the applicants indicated they were BIPOC on their application.  45% of the funded applicants are BIPOC writers.

Literary Arts will open up a second round of funding the week of June 29th.  Oregon writers will be eligible. Literary Arts will prioritize funding for BIPOC writers.


Click here for more information and to apply.

Upcoming Writing Classes

“Literary Arts is doing the work and I was so proud to be a part of it. There is a pulse in the communities they’re engaging with – a hunger, a deep gratitude and so much talent finally getting seen and heard.”

Jacqueline Woodson

Oregon Literary Fellowships

Apply for financial support to initiate, develop, or complete your writing projects.

Applications for the 2021 Oregon Literary Fellowships will be available in August 2020.

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Oregon Book Awards

Submit your published book for consideration during our annual awards ceremony.

Applications for the 2021 Oregon Book Awards will be available in August.

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Portland Book Festival

Participate in our annual celebration as a featured author in panel discussions and pop-up readings.

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Teach for Literary Arts

Join our roster of accomplished writers who host classes and workshops at our space. We also hire writers to teach creative writing residencies in local high schools.

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“I wish every city had an organization like Literary Arts. Every city deserves one, but Portland is the lucky recipient of the passion, magic, and insight that Literary Arts delivers through its many programs and visiting writers.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen