What is Delve? Delve Readers Seminars engage readers in exploring challenging books in lively discussion-based seminars led by an experienced scholar.
Literature needs readers. Literature is not the domain of writers and authors alone. In reading, we engage in dialogues with the authors of the books we love and their various cultures of thought and experience, and also potentially with one another. Delve seminars are special in that they cultivate readers and a community for the shared experience of reading. Through the simple act of gathering together weekly to share in-depth conversations about books, we become ever more astute and empathetic readers, of literature, as well as of human experience.
HOW THE SEMINARS WORK
Each seminar is limited to 16 participants who will complete designated reading in advance and come prepared to discuss the text in an informal, friendly atmosphere. No previous knowledge of the author or text is required. Delve offers a unique peer-to-peer learning experience that fosters community and intellectual inquiry. It is a perfect combination of a book group and a college English class, but we promise not to assign any essays.
Delve seminars usually run six weeks in length, meeting once a week, with some variations of format and scheduling (as noted in specific seminar descriptions). We encourage you to enroll early; many seminars fill up quickly. Seminars are held at the Literary Arts event space (925 SW Washington St, Portland) unless otherwise noted. Tuition rates vary according to seminar length and other aspects (such as PAL event tie-ins, etc).
Delve seminars are led by guides who are revered scholars, teachers, writers, poets, and artists in the Portland community. See the Guides page for full bios and details.
ACCESS RATE & VOLUNTEER OPTIONS
This year, we will be rolling out a new Access Rate registration program, which will replace what was formerly called our “Scholarship” or “Scholar Rate” option. We are striving to make Delve Readers Seminars affordable and accessible to all interested participants.
Access Rate Spots will offer reduced tuition rates for some seminars and will be offered to those registrants who demonstrate financial need and an expressed interest in attending Delve seminars. Volunteer positions performing Liaison or Scribe duties are also available in exchange for tuition. Fill out a form to enroll for those options here.
Contact Delve Program Specialist Dao Strom at email@example.com with any questions.