Quick News: Future Prairie and partners are providing a creative basic income to artists for 3 months via The Imagination Project. Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

Gov. Kate Brown’s “stay at home” order still largely remains in effect for Portland area businesses and gatherings (though other counties have some limitations lifted). See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is completely lifted for Multnomah county, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled.

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Memoir Writing: It happened to me and I’m here to tell it

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

$565
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205 + Google Map

Memoir, telling stories of how we made it through and what we learned, deeply connects us through the fabric of human experience. How do we mine our memories to create moments that illuminate, open hearts and minds, and pull readers into our world? In this workshop we will explore how to go about making specific events from our lives into intriguing, relatable, and solid memoirs. We will spend time exploring memoir samples, building a writers’ toolbox of skills such as scene writing, dialog, characterization, how to navigate the ladder of abstraction, and setting. We will also share work in a safe and constructive setting.

Sundays,  January 26 – March 29, 2020 (10 class meetings)
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Natalie Serber
For writers with some writing experience

Venue

925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
+ Google Map
Phone:
503-227-2583
Website:
literary-arts.org

Organizer

Phone:
503-227-2583
Email:
la@literary-arts.org
Website:
https://literary-arts.org