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Michelle Tea: Conjuring Story (Nov 9-10)

When: November 9th and 10th:: 11:00am – 4:00pm Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 Cost: $400 What do magic and writing have in common? How do both practices influence one another, and how can they ground us or remove us from our bodies? In this workshop we will probe the mystery of writing, a type of magic, with a focus on memoir and the power of conjuring our stories and transforming our experience of our own lives. Practical concerns such as authority and craft will share space will conversations about the somatic effect of writing memoir on a writer’s body and psyche. This workshop will be beneficial for writers regardless of literary and magic experience! New material will be generated from prompts inspired…

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Debbie Ethell

We welcome Debbie Ethell, reading from her recently published book The Will of Heaven: An Inspiring True Story about Elephants, Alcoholism, and Hope. Debbie Ethell is the Executive Director for The KOTA Foundation for Elephants and a conservation research scientist. Her book is the powerful true story of how one woman overcame a debilitating addiction, rising from the courtrooms of her past to the grass plains of Kenya as a conservation research scientist. It was there she could finally fulfill her lifelong dream of working with wild elephants. Ethell became obsessed by a group of elephants in Kenya when she was eight years old, after seeing them on a PBS nature show. Over the next several years her obsession grew, until a group of school…

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Cameron Dezen Hammon in Conversation With Lance Cleland

Musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s memoir of faith and faltering, This Is My Body (Lookout), is a tender and harrowing look inside American evangelicalism through the lens of a convert in search of a more progressive and fluid theology. Hammon will be joined in conversation by Lance Cleland, Tin House Workshop Director.

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Nina G, Mean Dave

Comedian Nina G reads from her memoir Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen, with help from her guest Mean Dave.

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Bobby Hundreds

In This Is Not a T-Shirt (MCD), Bobby Hundreds cements his spot as a champion of an industry he helped create and tells the story of The Hundreds. Both an inspiring memoir and an expert assessment of the history and future of streetwear, this is the tale of Bobby’s commitment to his creative vision and to building a real community.

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Melissa Matthewson in Conversation With Chelsea Biondolillo

Melissa Matthewson’s memoir-in-essays follows the journey of a pirate radio DJ, writer, mother, and organic farmer exploring identity, sexuality, and feminine desire through opening her marriage. Tracing the Desire Line (Split Lip) looks closely at what happens when the narrator runs the edges of desire by questioning the nature of monogamy and freedom within a conventional marriage. Matthewson will be joined in conversation by Chelsea Biondolillo, author of The Skinned Bird.

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Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz Whether you’re just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we’ll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one’s life story, and we’ll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students Register for this workshop Teacher: Brian Benson Time: Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Oct 22 – Nov 19, 5 weeks Location: Attic Institute of Arts and…

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Westside Writing Group

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!

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Mark Mallman

The musician reads from his debut book The Happiness Playlist, about his experiences trying to recover from personal trauma through feel-good music therapy.

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Book Club for The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir

Join us after our Noon Time Talk with Florence Grende to discuss her book The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir. You can purchase The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir on Amazon or at Powells. If we do not have at least five people RSVP’d 24 hours before the book club meeting, we will cancel it. We will make sure to alert anyone who signs up if that happens!

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