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.
Upcoming Writing Classes
Fall 2020: Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected or the Unusual By Working with Limits
Fall 2020 online: Fall Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing/Healing our Stories
November 2020 online: Addictive Openings: Refining and Electrifying Your Novel’s First Pages
“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
Portland Book Festival
Participate in our annual celebration as a featured author in panel discussions and pop-up readings.
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.
“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