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The Moth x Literary Arts Virtual Portland Mainstage

Each year, The Moth and Literary Arts team up to present the Portland Mainstage, and this year we are bringing it to you virtually. $15 General Admission: Includes one standard admission for everyone in your household. One ticket per household. $50 Premium Ticket (Q&A Included): Includes one standard admission for everyone in your household plus exclusive access to a post-show Q&A with the storytellers and directors. One ticket per household. Please note that this event will begin at 7:00PM PST, 10:00PM EST. Admission to the virtual show is not guaranteed for late arrivals. Tickets are non-refundable. [Buy Tickets Here]

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An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in it. But what if we made an appointment with the chair? And we knew that other interesting people were doing it too, at the exact same time? This free Zoom meeting is that appointment. We’ll say hello, and then we’ll work from a writing prompt.…

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November BIPOC Writer Workshop

For BIPOC writers Searching for a space to create new work with fellow BIPOC writers? 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 BIPOC writers at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. 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 the New York Times, and Beacon Magazine. Currently, she is working on a speculative future novel exploring intergenerational experiences of survival…

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Writing Fairy Tales

The fairy tale is a fanciful storytelling genre that uses supernatural elements, personification, transformation, repetitive plot lines, and unambiguously good and evil characters to speak to social and cultural violence, oppression and shifts in power. How do we write an effective, inspiring modern fairy tale? We will read from the original Brother’s Grimm, Italo Calvino’s fairy tales, and Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber with the form, tapping into its nuances and reach as we find inspiration for our own fairy tales. Class time will be spent engaged in writing exercises, working with and discussing assigned reading, and sharing our own drafts. November 21 and December 5-19, 2020 Saturdays, 10:00 a.m to noon (4 sessions) Online via Zoom Instructor: Wendy Noonan Wendy Noonan’s poetry has appeared…

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BIPOC Reading Series – November

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. This event will be hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres, Program Assistant for Programs for Writers. The theme this month is “Ghosts.”  Our featured readers are Chris Stuck and Jacqueline Fitzgerald. After our featured readers, there will be time for a few members of the audience to sign up and share their work. The readings will be followed by a short break and a community discussion. Click here to register for this event. You do not need a Zoom account to participate. This event is open to everyone, but only people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color will be invited to read. If you…

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Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown Present Just Us

Presented in partnership with The Believer Festival, Literary Arts and The Loft’s WordPlay, Claudia Rankine will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her new book, Just Us, in conversation with Jericho Brown. Join us at: https://literary-arts.org/event/west-x-midwest-pbf-rankine-brown/ As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history. Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Rankine’s questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal…

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Portland Book Festival: Opening Day

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, taking place online November 5-21, 2020, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news. The schedule is here! You can RSVP to events to receive reminders and add to your calendar. Be sure to register at PDXBookFest.org, our custom live streaming site, and tune in starting November 5. The 2020 Festival is free to attend, no passes are required. Register to watch at PDXBookFest.org. If you’d like to support the work we do…

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Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work. Participants should have experience writing stories and familiarity with the elements of literary short fiction including scene, character, conflict, place and revision. We will study individual stories by authors, read craft essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book. This class is specifically designed for writers who are comfortable in a workshop setting. We will be giving and receiving feedback on works in progress at each of our…

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Oregon Literary Fellowships Application Deadline

Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature. Read the guidelines and apply.

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Fall 2020 Online: Drafting Collage

The collage or braided essay ​weaves different narrative and thought threads into personal writing to represent a non-linear path of thinking through complex and difficult topics.​ In Drafting Collage, we will deepen our understanding of this form by using revision techniques and workshop to deepen an essay that students want to write or have already begun. Outside reading assignments and in-class writing and revision exercises will nuance our understanding of the form and allow for some experimentation and writing play. Students will have an opportunity to get feedback on their drafts in an inspired, supportive workshop setting. October 25 – November 15, 2020 Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (4 meetings) Online via Zoom Instructor: Wendy Noonan Wendy Noonan’s poetry has appeared in many journals,…

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