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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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Paul Lisicky – On Urgency: A Memoir and Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Sept. 21-22

When: September 21-22, 2019:: 10:00am – 4:00pm Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 Cost: $450 What does it mean to to write memoir and creative nonfiction in 2019? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, power—all that is wrong with the world and all we’d like to make better? How does it feel to be alive right now? We’ll think about those questions alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, focus, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll look closely at several short excerpts from outside work, generating new material inspired by those selections. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll work hard and make sure that play and seriousness share the same space. Paul Lisicky’s five…

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Fall 2019: Memoir Boot Camp

Complete the first draft of a memoir in just eight weeks. This class is for writers who are ready to commit to an aggressive writing schedule and explore aspects of memory-based writing in a supportive environment. You should have some prior experience in writing nonfiction, as well as a specific project to which you will devote these eight weeks. Participants will present their work to the class for discussion three to four times. Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Books of the Pacific Northwest and an Indie Next Pick. Her memoir, Community Chest, was…

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Fall 2019: Writing the Memoir 9 month Intensive

This class for experienced and dedicated writers meets 28 times over the course of 9 months. The class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months to. They should also be comfortable in a workshop setting, giving and receiving criticism on works in progress. Students who have taken Memoir Boot Camp one or more times at Literary Arts should find this class an appropriate next step. Memoir Boot Camp is not a pre-requisite. This class is specifically designed for writers…

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Fall 2019: Memoir Accountability

September 7, 2019 and the first Saturday of the month through May 2, 2019. (no meeting in March) Saturdays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (8 meetings) Instructor: Jay Ponteri Prerequisites: • Previously enrolled in 18/19 nine month memoir intensive with Jay Ponteri, OR instructor permission. This class meets once a month from September to May. This will be your monthly dose of accountability for students who are continuing to work on their memoir. Each writer will have the opportunity to workshop pages of their manuscript in progress. About the instructor: Jay Ponteri is the author of the memoir Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books), winner of an Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Jay directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific Northwest College of Art  …

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Rick Moody

Rick Moody, the award-winning author of The Ice Storm, shares the harrowing true story of the first year of his second marriage – an eventful month-by-month account – in The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (Henry Holt). At this story’s start, Moody, a recovering addict with a history of depression, is also the divorced father of a beloved little girl and a man in love; his answer to the question “Would you like to be in a committed relationship?” is, fully and for the first time in his life, “Yes.” And so his second marriage begins as he emerges, humbly and with tender hopes, from the wreckage of his past, only to be battered by a stormy sea of external…

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Booklover’s Burlesque: Summer Heat

Lacy Productions presents… BOOKLOVER’S BURLESQUE: Summer Heat Friday, August 23rd, 2019 on the Crush Bar stage in Portland, Oregon! Booklover’s Burlesque is the Pacific Northwest’s sexiest literary salon which matches titillating, inspiring, and empowering book readings with burlesque performances all in one show! Professional readers, actors, and/or local authors & writers read aloud a three to five minute piece of poetry, fiction (from any genre), memoir, non-fiction, etc, which is then followed by a burlesque performance inspired by the piece. Burlesque Artists for this chapter of Booklover’s Burlesque include: Iva Handfull (Seattle) Fosse Jack & Onyx Asili (Seattle) Sophie Maltease Lola Coquette Miss Doe Chanterelle Lacy Knickers Miss Nicole Hosted by the illustrious Hyacinth Lee Our readers for this chapter include local writers Jewels, Flint,…

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Two Artists Who Have Secrets to Tell

Artists/writers Mary Pacios, an ex-pat from Massachusetts and Margie Lee, born in the state of Washington – each has a compelling story to tell. Margie reveals dark secrets in her latest book of poetry, Seeing Myself, while Mary lays bare her meanderings through 1950s Boston and !960s Berkeley in Memoir of an Unintentional Feminist. The two authors will read excerpts from their new works, followed by a discussion

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Book Launch for Beyond the Third Door by Maria Heckinger

Book Launch for Maria Heckinger’s Beyond the Third Door 6pm Thursday, August 22, 2019 Angst Gallery 1015 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 angstgallery.com Join us on August 22 for an event to celebrate the publication of Maria Heckinger’s astounding memoir debut, Beyond the Third Door. The author will be present to read from and sign copies of her new book. Maria Heckinger’s memoir Beyond the Third Door tells an incredible story which straddles the fine line between blind luck and unexplained miracles. On a Greek island in 1952, 15-year-old Hariklea’s life is changed in an instant. Sent by her father to a doctor on the mainland, the girl discovers she is pregnant. Given the social taboos of the time, Hariklea is exiled to the streets…

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Final Flight Final Fight – Erin Miller

Join us to learn about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, Erin Miller’s grandmother Elaine Harmon, and the fight to honor her at Arlington National Cemetery, in Final Flight Final Fight. When Arlington National Cemetery refused to accept her grandmother’s last request to be laid to rest there, Erin Miller refused to let her legacy as a veteran die along with her. Her grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, flew as a pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Despite being part of the first group of women to fly for the United States Army, the WASP remained officially unrecognized as members of the military due to discriminatory thinking about gender on Capitol Hill and beyond. Miller led her family’s campaign…

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