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Literary Arts presents the 2020 Oregon Book Awards

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we will not be hosting our 33rd Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on June 22. However, we are excited to announce that the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony will take place in a different format. “The 2020 Oregon Book Awards” a special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project Monday, June 22, 2020 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. OPB Radio (where to listen) This year’s finalists are listed here.  This special, statewide broadcast will celebrate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Oregon Book Awards. It will be hosted, as originally planned, by writers Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate these awards in a way…

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Butch Is Not A Dirty Word: ISSUE 7 ONLINE LIVESTREAM TICKET

Date: Friday 12th June 2020 – 6.30 PST Location: Online Join us in celebrating the launch of issue 7 which is dedicated to butch for butch friendships and romance. This edition of our magazine jumps into the lives of 36 butches from all over the world – exploring how they met, what their relationships mean to them and how they navigate the world together. Our newest issue will be launched through an online Livestream event. We’ll have butches from each of our previous issues, telling their stories live to an international audience – this means YOU! This will be an opportunity to meet the butches behind the stories from the magazine and to have a live and interactive experience with them. All proceeds will go…

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Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival in partnership with The Believer Festival, Literary Arts, and The Loft’s Wordplay, Salman Rushdie will appear live on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/quichotte Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where “Anything-Can-Happen.” Meanwhile, his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a…

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Creating a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind- C. Lill Ahrens

MAY 25 – Join Lill via Zoom for her info-packed presentation about the what-why-when-where of Emotional Truth (ET). While actors convey ET through body language and line delivery, writers convey ET by describing those things and employing ET tools such as metaphor and inner monologue. Everything in a written story can have ET — Every person, place, thing, animal, vegetable, mineral, and weather phenomenon. Successful stories are infused with ET. The effect hooks readers on page one and keeps them under a spell, happily unaware of how the magic is made. Aspiring writers can also be unaware of it, so they might omit ET in their own work, unwittingly sapping tension, losing readers, or even pushing them away. In this fun presentation, Lill shows how…

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Award Acceptance for Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Congratulations to Portland graphic novelist Dylan Meconis for her PNBA Award win! You can read her winner’s essay here: https://nwbooklovers.org/2020/01/17/new-worlds-an-essay-by-2020-pnba-award-winner-dylan-meconis/ Watch her speech for Queen of the Sea, available now in paperback, on Wednesday, May 20th at 4pm!

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(Play)Writing During the Quarantine

One of the most beautiful aspects of playwriting is that it is an invitation for others to collaborate, from the actors, directors, designers, stage managers and finally the audience. Playwriting is community-making.  And that is something we surely and sorely need through such isolating times. And so, we welcome all to take part in a Remote Playwriting Class, taught by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dan Kitrosser. Each session will be divided into two parts: Part One Lectursize! 1 hour Part Lecture / Part Discussion / Part Exercise. Each week we’ll cover one element of playwriting, we’ll read a play, discuss the element of playwriting through that play, take part in playwriting exercises, commune & laugh. Part Two Workshop Time Up to 2 hours After the…

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Compose Creative Writing Conference

Explore the practices and professions of creative writing and publishing at Clackamas Community College’s annual Compose Creative Writing Conference, hosted by CCC’s English Department. Compose 2020 — online and FREE this year “See what can be found for remedy and comfort by writing stories down” – Kim Stafford, Compose 2020 keynote speaker Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. Cost: Free! Location: Online. Details on accessing the conference via Zoom will be provided to registered attendees. This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed. Calling all writers and lovers of the written word. The annual Compose Creative Writing Conference is going online! The May 16 conference is offered for free and entirely online this year. Join Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford as he delivers his keynote address, “Who…

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Online: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

For dedicated writers with some experience. Limited to 10 students 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…

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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (Sold Out)

Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and reviewer whose most recent works include 2019’s The Nickel Boys and 2016’s The Underground Railroad, a New York Times best seller which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by theNew York Times Book Review. NPR hailed The Underground Railroad as “an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” Whitehead’s other books include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The 35th season…

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World-Building for the Real World: Strategies for Fictionalizing

World Building in the Real World: Strategies for Fictionalizing the World We Live In with Bill Cameron ** World building isn’t just for science-fiction and fantasy. It’s just as important for fiction set in our everyday world. I’ll discuss strategies and potential pitfalls when using the settings we know (or want to know) in our fiction. ** When he’s not tending his chickens, W.H. Cameron shapes unruly words into captivating people caught in harrowing situations. As Bill Cameron, he’s the author of the critically-acclaimed Skin Kadash mysteries, and his YA mystery PROPERTY OF THE STATE was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016: Teen. His latest, CROSSROAD, introduces prickly apprentice mortician Melisende Dulac as she navigates a new landscape that’s both alluring and…

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