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Fall 2019: Novel Writing Accountability

Prerequisites: • Previously enrolled in nine month novel intensive with Laura Lampton Scott or Gina Ochsner or • Previously enrolled in “Writing a Novel in 8 weeks” or • Instructor permission (email Susan at susan@literary-arts.org) for information) September 29,2019; October 27,2019; December 8,2019;January 26,2020; February 23,2020; March 29,2020; April 26,2020; May 17,2020 Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (8 meetings) Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott This class meets once a month from September to May. This will be your monthly dose of accountability, inspiration, and honest airing of challenges we face when working on book-length work. Each writer will have the opportunity to workshop pages of their novel in progress. Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House and the Guardian online,…

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Fall 2019: Short Story Intensive

Write a draft of a short story in six weeks. Class includes an emphasis on character, voice, and how to mine detail inside a scene. Class time will be spent on generating ideas for plot and character; participants will have the opportunity to get feedback on some of their writing and learn techniques for establishing a consistent writing practice so they can revise their draft once the class is done. Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection People Like You (Atelier26 Books), finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award and winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays can be found in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities, Swink, Propeller Quarterly and elsewhere.She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is a co-host…

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Fall 2019: Read Your Work in Public! September

Most writers find themselves in a position where they need to read their work aloud in public. While it’s an exciting proposition to share your work, not everyone feels comfortable reading their prose in front of an audience. This workshop will help increase your skill and comfort level, so you can share your work with confidence. Tamar Shai Bolkvadze earned a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska. In 2017 she was the recipient of Oregon Literary Arts’ Women Writers Fellowship for her play Ugly Baby, Stupid Baby. Tamar continues to focus on playwriting. September 18, 2019 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Tamar Bolkvadze SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire…

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Fall 2019: Short Story Master Class

Draft two short stories in ten weeks. This intensive workshop combines study of narrative craft and model short stories with generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character and workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. By the end of ten weeks, you will have completed drafts of two short stories, created a plan for revision, and developed a consistent writing practice. Prerequisites: • Short Story Intensive, Short Story Crash Course or Launching Stories at Literary Arts or instructor permission. • For instructor permission, please email a 3-4 page writing sample and a brief description of your writing class experience to Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (10 class…

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Fall 2019: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

Through mini-lectures, in-class writing, and lots of workshopping, you will explore matters of storytelling (such as plotting and character development), craft (what makes a good sentence? a good scene?), and motivation (how in the world am I supposed to write a novel in only eight weeks?) to get the work done. This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing. You do not need permission to register, but you should have some prior experience in writing. And if you’ve got an outline for your planned novel, even better. Each participant will present work to the class for discussion four times. Emily Chenoweth is the…

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Fall 2019: Contents Under Pressure: Experiments in Poetic Form

What happens when someone puts severe restrictions on the way you write? What if Edgar Allen Poe wanted to write “The Raven,” but couldn’t use the letter E? Participants will look at some poems created under these kinds of extreme constraints, and we’ll write to learn what happens when we accept such outrageous challenges. Jennifer Perrine is a 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. She is the author of three books of poetry: No Confession, No Mass; In the Human Zoo; and The Body Is No Machine. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Valparaiso Fiction Review and Salt Hill, and in the Broadsided Press folio “Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture.” Her honors include the 2017 K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award, the…

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Fall 2019: Memoir Boot Camp

Complete the first draft of a memoir in just eight weeks. This class is for writers who are ready to commit to an aggressive writing schedule and explore aspects of memory-based writing in a supportive environment. You should have some prior experience in writing nonfiction, as well as a specific project to which you will devote these eight weeks. Participants will present their work to the class for discussion three to four times. Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Books of the Pacific Northwest and an Indie Next Pick. Her memoir, Community Chest, was…

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Fall 2019: Writing the Memoir 9 month Intensive

This class for experienced and dedicated writers meets 28 times over the course of 9 months. The class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months to. They should also be comfortable in a workshop setting, giving and receiving criticism on works in progress. Students who have taken Memoir Boot Camp one or more times at Literary Arts should find this class an appropriate next step. Memoir Boot Camp is not a pre-requisite. This class is specifically designed for writers…

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Fall 2019: Writing the Novel: 9 Months Intensive

This class for dedicated writers begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May. The class is for writers who are seeking a community of fellow writers to support one another in improving one’s writing and getting work done. We will meet 28 times over the course of 9 months. Class time will include discussions of craft and the writing process. Together, we will closely read three novels as well as supplemental essays, interviews, and a podcast or two. Students can expect to have their work in progress read and discussed 3-4 times over the course of our nine months working together. There are no staunch prerequisites for joining the class; if…

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Fall 2019: Grief and the Lyric Essay

It can be a challenge to access grief, not to mention represent it in word and forms, yet writers like Claudia Rankine, Ann Carson, and Maggie Nelson pull it off beautifully and in wildly different ways. We will try different ways into the conversation with grief, first through reading other writers, then in our notebooks. Writing exercises will allow you to explore memory, specifically as it can be accessed through the body. You will leave with a solid start into a new piece of writing or a fresh take on an older draft. About the instructor:Wendy Noonan’s poetry has been featured in 2River View, Poor Claudia, Muzzle, Painted Bride, and Crazy Horse. Recently, her creative nonfiction was shortlisted for PRISM international’s writing contest. Wendy is…

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