The 2016 Wordstock Festival offered a series of writing workshops on flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and more. These classes were taught by local and national authors.
VOICE LESSONS: WRITING FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE
taught by Kari Luna
9:15–11:15 a.m. in Classroom A
Through writing and discussion, learn how to use character development, plot, and a dash of freedom to create a compelling, authentic voice that resonates.
WRITING THE MEMOIR: HOW TO BEGIN
taught by Jay Ponteri
9:15–11:15 a.m. in Classroom B
Examine examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism and practice your own memory-based writing.
SHORT FORM POETRY WORKSHOP
taught by Wendy Chin-Tanner
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Classroom B
Learn some key aspects of short form poetry and utilize them in the composition of your own work.
STAND AND DELIVER: PERFORMING YOUR WORK
taught by B. Frayn Masters
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Classroom C
Learn how to entertain your audience from your opening words, build suspense through your delivery, and develop off-the-cuff anecdotes and connectors.
WRITING FLASH FICTION
taught by Helen Phillips
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Classroom A
Consider how a situation/character can be evoked in a short space and how to work toward the precision of language necessary for this form.
PROSE POEMS: THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
taught by Jennifer Richter
1:45–3:45 p.m. in Classroom C
Because of its brevity, energy, and limitless possibilities, the prose poem form offers an exciting departure for writers of any genre.
MAGICAL REALISM AS TRUTH TELLING IN POETRY
taught by Anis Mojgani
3:00–5:00 p.m. in Crumpacker Library
Explore new and imaginative usages of poetry.
CRAFTING THE PERSONAL ESSAY: THE JOY OF SECOND PERSON
taught by Kate Carroll De Gutes
4:00–6:00 p.m. in Classroom C
Consider the ways changing point of view can transform an essay and practice writing in second person with engaging prompts.
EDITING FOR WRITERS
taught by M. Allen Cunningham
4:00–6:00 p.m. in Classroom A
Using numerous examples of early and late writing drafts, gain experience focusing on editorial points both common and more complicated.
SHAKEN AND STIRRED: MIXING THE GENRES
taught by Shayla Lawson
4:00–6:00 p.m. in Classroom B
Using the texts of contemporary poets Nelson, Rankine, and others, find the spaces in which hybridity can open your own work to conquer uncharted narratives.
The following workshop is held at the Crumpacker Library in the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave). Tuition is $75. Register at literary-arts.org/wordstock.
TIME AND SPACE TO WRITE: A WORKSHOP FOR K-12 TEACHERS
taught by Laura Moulton
9:00–11:00 a.m. in the Crumpacker Library
Generate fresh writing and explore ways to create and maintain a writing practice through the school year.
The following workshops are held at the Crumpacker Library in the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave). Youth Workshops are free but space is limited and registration is encouraged.
JAM COMICS WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
taught by Jonathan Hill
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Crumpacker Library
This workshop focuses on the basics of clear visual storytelling and challenges everyone to follow those guidelines as we collaborate on comics together.
INTERACTIVE POETRY WORKSHOP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
taught by Bettina de León Barrera
1:00–2:00 p.m. in the Crumpacker Library
Bilingual (Spanish and English) poet Bettina de León Barrera will provide opportunities for participants to write poetry, collaborate, innovate, and share.