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Shapeshifting: Creating Authentic Characters with Randall Jahnson

Meets Tues/Thurs 11am-12:30pm | Aug 11, Aug 13, Aug 18, Aug 20 To create believable characters, all successful artists, writers, directors, animators, and performers employ a unique ability that allows them to crawl into someone else’s skin, inhabit it, and express what it’s like to be that individual. We call this “shapeshifting.” This workshop will focus on how to use shapeshifting to make characters come alive in any medium. First, you will create a mindset, complete with complexity and a range of traits and emotions. Next, you’ll conjure a physical form, an appearance, a look. Then you’ll build an environment for your character, followed by the world itself, and the context for a story. Choose from writing and sketching to photography and film to render…

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Memoir: The Process — with Kimberly Dark

WHERE: ZOOM WHEN: 3PM PST—four weekly 2-hour sessions on Saturdays (8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29) TEACHER: Kimberly Dark COST: $350 SCHOLARSHIPS: Yes, scholarships are available. Please follow this link to apply. Memoir: The Process Memoir: The Process Memories aren’t enough. We have to connect them to culture, to history, to zeitgeist—and then be as clear and specific about our unique perspectives as possible. In this generative workshop, we’ll open a number of creative doorways (and windows and portholes and tunnels) into meaning and we’ll discuss how and why they work. We’re going to work on releasing the story without it getting caught in the mind first. We’ll work together in four, two-hour, face-to-face (Zoom) meetings. This workshop is about process and creation, not revision. You may…

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SUMMER Online: What My Stomach Says: Food Writing Workshop w Zahir Janmohamed | Aug 8

If you did a scan of my brain, food would probably occupy at least 70% of my thoughts. And for good reason: food is an incredible vehicle to speak about pleasure, pain, history, family, nostalgia, place, race, gender, class, sexuality, colonialism—you name it. In this generative class, students will be asked to think about a dish that they love. It could be savory or sweet. They will then write the opening of an essay about this dish as well as the recipe for this very dish. We will then conclude the class by discussing ways to get this piece published. Register for this workshop NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting…

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Corbin Reiff in Conversation With Mark Yarm

Total F*cking Godhead (Post Hill) is the complete story of the complex and enigmatic artist, Chris Cornell. It’s the riveting account of a blue-collar, high school dropout emerging from Seattle, Washington, to become one of the greatest singer-songwriters and voices of his generation. With input from people who knew and worked with him — together with Cornell’s own words — the book recounts in great detail the rise of his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the ‘90s alongside other Seattle bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. Long-time Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff examines Cornell’s dynamic solo career, as well as is his time in Audioslave. He delves into Cornell’s…

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Submission Deadline: The Gravity of the Thing: New Writers Issue and Fall 2020 Issue

From June 1st to July 31st, The Gravity of the Thing welcomes submissions for its first New Writers Issue. As it is our goal to support emerging writers, this is our way of creating a welcoming space for writers and artists who are new to publishing. If you like to experiment with language and discover through writing, we encourage you to share your work with us! To be eligible, your submission must be your first creative publication, not including blog posts or literary journals you are associated with academically. That is, if you have never had your writing published in the past, or your creative writing has only ever appeared on websites you curate or in student-run magazines housed at your school or college, then you may submit to this issue. The Gravity of the Thing is…

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Willamette Writers Online Conference

Pitch agents. Sit down with producers. Sharpen your manuscript with industry pros. You can do all this from the comfort of your own home, July 30 – August 2, 2020! Featuring keynote speakers Cheryl Strayed, Pete Souza, Mitchell S. Jackson, Zoraida Córdova, Rosanne Parry, and more! With over 80 virtual workshops, as well as night events, critiques, and gatherings, you’re sure to find your community, develop your craft, and expand your career this year. Whether you’re a poet, a screenwriter, a novelist, or a techie, you’ll find your home at our annual conference. What’s that? You’re a memoirist? You’re going to love our classes on voice and style, taught by New York Times Bestselling Authors. Newbie? Great! Come learn with us! Published 80 books? We’re…

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WRITING & THE BODY: SUMMER II, 2020, July 30 – August 2

Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch are now running their infamous workshop four times a year! Lucky for us since this workshop has been selling out a year in advance for a while now. Jenn & Lidia are both renowned in their fields in their own right, and both of them are known for their inventive, non-traditional methods. Together they lead you to your most creative place by tapping into your body first, and then picking up the pen. But don’t worry! You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi- we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you. WRITING and the BODY: SUMMER II, 2020 WHEN: Thursday,…

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Kate Greene in Conversation With Sian Proctor

Kate Greene’s Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth (St. Martin’s) is an essay collection inspired by the author’s four-month stay inside a simulated Martian habitat. When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like? In 2013, Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA’s first HI-SEAS mission, a simulated Martian environment located on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawaii. For four months she lived, worked, and slept in an isolated geodesic dome, conducting a sleep study on her crew mates and gaining incredible insight into human behavior in…

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John Perkins in Conversation With David Korten

What can you do to make the world a better place and create a more satisfying life for yourself? In his new book, Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear Into Action to Change Your Life (Berrett-Koehler Publishers), John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, invites us to answer that question. Perkins details how shamanism converted him from an economic hit man to a crusader for transforming a failing Death Economy (exploiting resources that are declining at accelerating rates) into a Life Economy (cleaning up pollution, recycling, and developing resource-regenerative technologies). He describes the power our perceptions have for molding reality, both individually and globally. And he provides a strategy for each of us to change our lives and defend our territory — the…

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Two Rivers Virtual Book Club July

July’s pick is The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSLLER Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant–the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s…

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