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The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

For writers at all levels. This class takes place online. Registered participants will receive information on how to access the Zoom meeting before the class starts. How can we build a better writing practice? This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills. Through a series of experimental and innovative exercises we will explore the concepts of character, setting, plot and scene, as well as voice, form, and technique. Close attention will be paid to literary and poetic devices as we take a deep dive into the craft of prose writing. Supportive in-workshop sharing and feedback will be an integral part of the process.…

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Summer 2020 Online: July Writer of Color Workshop

For writers of color at all levels. Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets on Zoom. Writers can register for one or more sessions. 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. [Buy Tickets Here]

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Summer 2020: Mastering Revision

Revision is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process. How do we dig deeper and color in the edges to make our writing more evocative? How do we use the senses to make it come to life? What would happen if we approached the same material from a different point of view (third person as opposed to first-person say)? In this six-week class, we will take an editor’s perspective on polishing our work. The class will be structured as a mini-workshop and we will devote most of our time to peer reading and critique with an emphasis on elements of developmental editing as well as line editing. We will focus on refinement of style, structure, and content. Sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, we will sharpen…

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Free 90 minute Letter Writing Session with Wendy Noonan

Join us for an afternoon of personal writing in the company of others.  Sometimes the medium of *instant* messaging and emails  doesn’t do our deeper thoughts and feelings justice. If you would like to sit together in good company writing letters, Wendy will provide examples, strategies and prompts to inspire students to write from their intellect and feelings both. Pre-registration is required. Click on this link to register. Wendy Noonan’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including Painted Bride Quarterly, Muzzle, Crazy Horse and 2River View. Her creative nonfiction, forthcoming in Diagram, was also featured in Meridian Journal as one of two finalists for their 2020 Editor’s Choice prize. Wendy teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and tutors at Portland Community College.

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Submission Deadline: Literary Arts Booth Emergency Fund for Writers

Like many of those in our communities, The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on Oregon’s writers. Many are experiencing disruptions to their work, family lives and overall financial security. This was confirmed by a recent survey we conducted of Oregon Book Awards & Fellowship recipients and Writer of Color fellowship applicants. 86% of the respondents have either experienced or are anticipating an impact to their financial situation as a result of the pandemic. In response to this need,  Literary Arts has allocated a significant amount from our Brian Booth Writers’ Fund to create the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights. Update: The first application…

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Summer 2020 Online: Science, Magic, and the Mundane: Speculative Worlds and How to Write Them

When we think of speculative words, such as those found in science fiction, high fantasy, and urban fantasy, we often wonder how the author managed to come up with fantastical ideas that are both believable and logical. We often don’t stop to think about how much of the scientific in our world could easily be considered magical, or how our mundane life could also be seen as extraordinary. It’s easy enough to say that our technology would be fantastical to someone from a hundred years ago, but what separates the current mundane from the current fantastical in our writing? In this class we will first examine modern technology, current trends, the natural world, and popular beliefs, and convert them to a magical viewpoint. Participants will…

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Incite: Queer Writers Read

The theme for July’s Incite is Justice! Hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray Sign up in advance here Kate Gray’s passion comes as a teacher, writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates. For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems was published by Widow & Orphan House in 2019. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (Cedar House Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. Over the years she’s been awarded residencies at Hedgbrook, Norcroft, and…

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Delve Readers Seminar Online: The Ethics of Ambiguity and The Metamorphosis

In her book The Ethics of Ambiguity, the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir asks us to consider what it means to exercise individual freedom and to live in community with others. Where does our individual freedom begin and end? Simone de Beauvoir claims that our personal freedom can be manifest only when we “will others free.” How do we create a life where we protect our individual freedom and work toward the freedom of our neighbor? Can both forms of freedom truly exist? de Beauvoir wrote The Ethics of Ambiguity in 1947, and she questions and seeks to define personal ethics and freedom in the wake of Nazi atrocities and totalitarianism. We will read The Ethics of Ambiguity in its entirety. At first glance, Franz Kafka…

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Summer 2020 Online: Finding Flow

“So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is the enemy of the good; it is also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.” ~Rebecca Solnit Carving time and space to be attentive to our creative practice can be daunting at anytime, during a pandemic, when we’re struggling to juggle all our roles it’s even more difficult. Not only do we have to make the time, which often means taking time away from our responsibilities, but then, once at our desk we must quiet our minds, we have to release the tight grip of the mind that stands in the way. In this workshop we’ll spend some time building tools and resources to relieve the overwhelming…

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Delve Readers Seminar Online: Milan Kundera

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Explore Czech writer Kundera alongside some of his inspirations. We will begin with his most famous work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, reading both the original text and exploring major influences on this work, through excerpts from Kafka and Nietzsche. We will also read his novel Immortality and short story collection Laughable Loves. We will discuss what is distinctive about Kundera’s style, such as his lyrical writing and preoccupation with philosophical themes. Of course, no discussion on Kundera would be complete without a discussion surrounding the thematic elements of totalitarianism and revolution. Reading List: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Immortality Laughable Loves Excerpts from Nietzsche and Kafka (guide will provide PDFs to…

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