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PSU Lit Mic

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

PSU Lit Mic is always lit. Hosted by the delightful and compelling duo Jordan and Grace. You don’t need to be affiliated with PSU to participate. You wrote it, you read it.

Free

APPS DUE: SEP 25: Fiction Studio: Novel Intensive | Oct 8 – Apr 15

Online N/A, Portland, OR

25 Weeks to Focus on Your Novel Fiction Studio is based on the idea that inspiration, accountability, and community are essential to every novelist’s growth. Fiction Studio meets weekly for half the year, and its curriculum is designed to help you deepen your writing through a keener understanding of both literary craft and your own voice. Fiction Studio is open to applications from all writers (see application information below). This creates the Studio’s special "novel intensive" experience: a consistent, deep, and supportive study of your writing in the company of other writers. Learn more about applying to the Fiction Studio To Apply: To apply to join the next Fiction Studio, please send a writing sample of up to 3,500 words and a 250-word statement of purpose. APPLICATIONS DUE: Sep 25, 2022. NOTE: This…

$1345 – $1395

Cultivating a Sustainable Writing Practice

Online N/A, Portland, OR

This workshop is offered via Zoom PST Register here Cultivating a Sustainable Writing Practice Our practice—how we labor as writers—is highly personal. When we create a writing habit, it helps to consider our individual creative processes, life priorities, writing goals, and all the ways that we get in the way of our own writing. How we labor is also bound up in cultural notions of productivity and success that can often kill the creative drive. It can be hard to consistently carve out time in order to cultivate the type of patient, inner stillness required to write, but it is possible. Necessary, even. In this supportive workshop, we will talk about how to design a sustainable writing practice that aligns with your creative process, priorities…

$15 – $75

Reading: Amy Bleu

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Join us for a reading from Amy’s new novel, In My Secret Life.

Free

Creative Writing & Chill

IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) 318 SE Main Street #175, Portland, OR

*This event is in-person. Masks and proof of vaccination is required Register here Writing and chill: a high vibe, on the fly, structure free writing space for all-ages (youth centered). Come generate, share and get support! Creative prompts and writing materials provided. Stay tuned for an Open Mic Night later in October!

Free

Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan / TICKETED EVENT

Revolution Hall 1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

From Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of Wish You Were Here, and Jennifer Finney Boylan, the  bestselling author of She’s Not There, comes a soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind. Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life — living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher — was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New…

$39.99

ORCA Bookgroup

Ledding Library of Milwaukie 10660 SE 21st Avenue, Milwaukie, OR

We'll read books nominated for the Oregon Readers’ Choice Award, Upper Elementary Division. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Library's Conference Room. Ages 9-12. October 11, 2022 Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter November 8, 2022 The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas December 13, 2022 Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte January 10, 2023 Wondrous Rex by Patricia MacLachlan February 14, 2023 Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall AND The Next President by Kate Messner March 14, 2023 A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat April 11, 2023 Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson AND VOTING! Vote for your favorite book from this list to help choose the 2023 ORCA winner! To learn more about the Oregon Reader's Choice Award, visit oregonreaderschoiceaward.wordpress.com Room Location: Conference Room

Free

In-Store Reading: Steven Mayfield: Delphic Oracle, U.S.A.

Annie Bloom's Books 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR

Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Steven Mayfield for the in-store launch of his new novel, Delphic Oracle, U.S.A. Masks are required for this event. We keep a supply of masks near our front door for anyone who needs one. Signed and personalized copies are available for pre-order! Please, please, please include the name for personalization in the order notes; all orders without a name specified in the order notes will be signed only. About Delphic Oracle, U.S.A.: It is 1925 when a love affair between enchantress Maggie Westinghouse and con man July Pennybaker upends the small town of Miagrammesto Station, tumbles it about, and sets it back down as Delphic Oracle, Nebraska. Will their love fulfill its destiny? The narrator of this wry, entertaining…

Free

Delve Readers Seminar: Siri Hustvedt: A Woman’s View

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Winner of the 2019 Princesa de Asturias Award for Literature, Siri Hustvedt has an especially acute way of looking at the world around her. A feminist and an activist for democracy, Hustvedt has a visual and profound way of seeing the world around her, which is reflected in her writing’s subjectivity. This attentive observation allows her to develop complex characters and relations, with a close intimacy between them and with the reader. In this six-week seminar, we will read two of Husvedt novels—one early in her career and another closer to our time: The Blindfold and Memories of the Future. We may also add one or two of her essays to connect her theoretical ideas with her fictional work. As stated by the jury in…

$245

Stranged Writing Release Reading

The Stacks Coffeehouse 1831 N. Killingsworth St, Portland, OR

The Gravity of the Thing celebrates the release of its first anthology, Stranged Writing: A Literary Taxonomy (bit.ly/3d6z94O) on October 13th. Join us at The Stacks Coffeehouse in Portland, Oregon to hear contributors Joshua James Amberson, Alex Behr, Lucie Bonvalet, Benjamin Kessler, Matt Rebholz, and Eli Ronick read their experimental prose, poetry, and cross-genre works. The event is free to attend, and food, drinks, and Stranged Writing will be available for purchase. About the collection: Stranged Writing is an anthology of defamiliarized creative writing curated according to biological taxonomy (species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, and domain) using word count. Each hardcover edition includes a screen-printed dust jacket that transforms into unique literary organisms or book sculptures, the goal being a dimensional and tactile…

Free