Portland Book Festival Workshops

The Portland Book Festival offers a series of writing workshops taught by local and national writers.  Register early: classes are expected to sell out.

Advance workshop registration includes admission to the Festival and a $5 book voucher redeemable at the Festival book fair. One admission per student (not per class).

Two-Hour Writing Workshops
The following workshops will be held at the Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St.). Tuition is $75. These workshops are for adults 18 and older.

In addition to the workshops at Northwest Film Center, there are three classes in the Kinney Classroom at the Art Museum.These classes are free and designed for the ages listed.

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: Make A Scene, Please

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Classroom A Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 10) Instructor: Natalie Serber Limited to 15 students…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: The Ethics of Writing Outside Your Ethnicity

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Classroom C Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Tamar Shai Bolkvadze Limited to 15 students Many writers struggle with the…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: Time, Space, Memory, Senses: A Poetry Workshop

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Classroom B Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 10) Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy Limited to 15 students…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: No Good, Very Bad, Horrible First Drafts

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classroom C Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 10) Instructor: Kristina Tate Limited to 15…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: Literary Sensualism: Writing From the Body

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classroom A Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 10) Instructor: Jeremy Townley Limited to 15…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: Collage in Memoir

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Classroom B Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Wendy Noonan Limited to 15 students Not all stories want to be told…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: It’s Personal: Using Real Life in Fiction

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Classroom A Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 10) Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott Limited to 15…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 workshop: Experiments in Narrative Structure

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:45 to 3:45 Classroom C Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Miranda Schmidt Limited to 15 students When we think of traditional narrative structure,…

  • Portland Book Festival workshop: Creation Island

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Classroom B Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Nathan Wade Carter and Zulema Renee Summerfield Limited to 15 students Creation…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 workshop: For Writers of Color, By Writers of Color

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Classroom A Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Emilly Prado Limited to 15 students  This workshop is offered exclusively for people…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 workshop: Building a Writing Career on the Internet

    $75.00

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Classroom C Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205) $75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival) Instructor: Michele Filgate Limited to 15 students Figuring out how to build a…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 Drop-In Prose Writing for High School Youth

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Kinney Classroom, Portland Art Museum FREE (youth must pick up their free festival pass in advance in order to attend) Instructor: Matt Smith Limited to 15 students at a time; students may…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 Drop-In Poetry Writing for Middle School Youth

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Kinney Classroom, Portland Art Museum FREE (youth must pick up their free festival pass in advance in order to attend) Instructor: David Ciminello Limited to 15 students at a time; students may…

  • Portland Book Festival 2019 Workshop: Fiction for High School Teachers

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Kinney Classroom, Portland Art Museum Free (registrants must purchase admission to the festival) Instructor: Cari Luna Limited to 15 students Youth Programs presents a writing workshop just for high-school teachers. Portland author and…