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October 2020


Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition

Tue, October 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

What is the purpose of public life? Should we live as thinkers or doers? These are the questions that Hannah Arendt tackles in her 1958 work ​The Human Condition. Philosophers have long argued that the ideal state for the human condition is a life of contemplation and inward-focus. Arendt questions the value of the ​vita contemplativa​ and she proposes that a life of action, ​vita activa​, is central to the human condition. Hannah Arendt is one of the most influential…

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Oct 15

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing

Thu, October 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This six-week intensive will help you master the art of live true personal storytelling. The workshop covers crafting stories with a five-part story arc, guiding a story using theme and tone, honing your delivery for a live audience, as well as a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying art form. This particular intensive will dive into stories of healing. How do we talk about the events of our lives that truly shaped and transformed us, change how we saw…

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Oct 25

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Drafting Collage

Sun, October 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

The collage or braided essay ​weaves different narrative and thought threads into personal writing to represent a non-linear path of thinking through complex and difficult topics.​ In Drafting Collage, we will deepen our understanding of this form by using revision techniques and workshop to deepen an essay that students want to write or have already begun. Outside reading assignments and in-class writing and revision exercises will nuance our understanding of the form and allow for some experimentation and writing play.…

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November 2020


Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Jump-starting Your Poems With Wonder

Sat, November 7 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Lony Haley-Nelson notes: “Wonder is valuable…because it leads us to learn and remember.” Using the language and vocabulary of myth, folklore, science, and natural history as inspiration for poems, this generative workshop will help you jump-start the blank page in front of you.

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Nov 21

Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Writing Fairy Tales

Sat, November 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

The fairy tale is a fanciful storytelling genre that uses supernatural elements, personification, transformation, repetitive plot lines, and unambiguously good and evil characters to speak to social and cultural violence, oppression and shifts in power. How do we write an effective, inspiring modern fairy tale? We will read from the original Brother’s Grimm,Italo Calvino’s fairy tales,and Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber with the form, tapping into its nuances and reach as we find inspiration for our own fairy tales. Class…

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