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Borders and Beginnings: Creation and Revision

This class will focus on what makes a beginning a kind of border, and how a border can build an urgent and intimate relationship with the reader. Our generative workshop will engage with writing and writing exercises built by queer and trans writers of color. We will consider what makes our examples of great and special beginnings memorable, necessary, and unique, and then critically workshop your own first words, sentences, and paragraphs to carve out new beginnings. Eventually, this work will lead us to cross borders of style, genre, and place. You will leave this class with: New prompts, ideas, and readings Feedback on your writing (whether new or brought) Goals for your beginnings Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to…

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October Writer of Color Workshop

For BIPOC writers Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets on Zoom. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group. Scholarships are available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information. Jacqueline Fitzgerald is an educator, coach, and writer who strives to lead through a love ethic and believes in the power of stories to change hearts and minds. Her writing has been published in the Oregonian, The Learning Network of…

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@ Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia – October

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community. Register in advance for Slamlandia: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oce-srTMiHdNh9WmPM3LGCb5MVJPLsrXY If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Delve Readers Seminars Online Fall 2020: Lost Children Archive

“We walked out onto Broadway, into the late morning, and the city was buzzing, the buildings high and solid, the sky pristine blue, the sun bright—as if nothing catastrophic were happening.” Valeria Luiselli’s newest novel ​Lost Children Archive ​contrasts a privileged existence in a time laden with myriad state-funded horrors. It begins with a woman in New York who records soundscapes for NYU, translating for a mother from Tlaxiaco whose two children are held in a Texas detention facility. As the unnamed narrator learns more about the hundreds of detention facilities imprisoning migrant youth, she is compelled to leave New York with her family to drive to Arizona. Her plan is to interview these detained children, uplift their stories, and provide a perspective on the…

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Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing

This six-week intensive will help you master the art of live true personal storytelling. The workshop covers crafting stories with a five-part story arc, guiding a story using theme and tone, honing your delivery for a live audience, as well as a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying art form. This particular intensive will dive into stories of healing. How do we talk about the events of our lives that truly shaped and transformed us, change how we saw ourselves, others, and the world? This class is appropriate for writers and performers wanting to go deep, those working with narrative in the healing arts, and anyone who feels the call to tell the story of their personal healing for radio or stage, or in…

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Carter Sickels and Megan Kruse: The Prettiest Star

Carter Sickels in conversation with Megan Kruse, discussing Carter Sickels’ new novel, The Prettiest Star. Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Carter’s second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them. The Prettiest Star was included in O Magazine’s list of “31 LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020”, BookRiot’s “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020”, Lambda Literary’s “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020” and Salon’s “Best and boldest new must-read books for May” Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wiQ_yrprSuqxxanQ-7xjEQ Carter Sickels is the author of The Pretties Star. He was…

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Delve Readers Seminars Online Fall 2020: The Essays of Michel de Montaigne

There are few things more pleasurable than conversing with the great master of the essay, Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592). Sarah Bakewill’s excellent How to Live: A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer (2011) has inspired wide current interest in Montaigne as a writer whom readers uncannily feel they know—our contemporary. He lived in a deeply contested and divided society, to which his answer was to become the greatest reader of his age. His essays, among the best ever written, bring all of life into discussion: from birth to death, from his hometown to the New World being explored and exploited in his day, all the virtues and the vices, cannibals and cats, drunkenness, books he read, names, thumbs, coaches,…

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Applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship: Your Questions Answered

Questions about applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship? Join us for a Zoom meeting and bring your questions. Pre-registration is required, but you can attend any time between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOChrTssE9zH-CA3iulLeWH8ahUf0PSq

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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Helen Macdonald (Virtual Event)

For the opening night of the 2020-21 season of Portland Arts & Lectures, an evening with Helen Macdonald, we will be presenting a virtual event on October 13, 2020. Given that Macdonald lives in England, and the uncertain timing of when we can gather again in the Schnitzer Concert Hall, there was not a reasonable way to reschedule. Again, this event will be highly produced and re-imagined to give our subscribers a special and exclusive evening. Details about how to access these digital presentations will be sent via email to subscribers. Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season Presented by Literary Arts Join Literary Arts for another five-part season of engaging talks from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers. Helen Macdonald is a writer,…

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Writing with Constraints: Discover the Unexpected Working with Limits

Sometimes freedom is found within the boundaries of constraints. In this workshop, we are going to write to prompts, but with a twist. Each prompt will also come with some form of constraint or a series of constraints (i.e. write in the present tense, write only in second person, write the experience from end to beginning, etc.) We will be working towards a series of prose poems, or a lyric essay, or a personal essay, but all the while using some confinements that push us as writers to find new adventures in our writing. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access…

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