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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Susan Orlean (Sold Out)

Susan Orlean is an author and journalist, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992. She has written eight books, including, most recently, The Library Book, a New York Times best seller and a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year for 2018. Her other books include Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by the Washington Post, and the New York Times has said that her work “has that elusive quality to it: exquisitely written, consistently entertaining and irreducible to anything so obvious and pedestrian as a theme.” The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging writers at work today. Our 2019/2020 season features George Packer, Amor Towles, Min Jin Lee, Susan Orlean, and Colson…

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Story Party Portland | True Dating Stories

At Story Party you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because, let’s be honest, it could be worse. Story Party has played to sold out audiences in over 65 countries because the dating struggle is real worldwide! You’ll hear stories from our professional storytellers and some brave audience members. We are in town for a short time only so grab your tickets. You’ve had enough coffee dates to master the art of fake laughing now come to our show and laugh for real! — — — Wanna share your story? — — — If you’re dying to share your story write it down anonymously on our confession slips on the night and we will read them out loud so you…

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The Write to Heal Retreat

This is a rare opportunity to connect, share, create and constructively critique with other folks that can relate. Heal Write! Workshop Series and The Write to Heal Retreat is an open space that will inspire creatives to speak their truth to trauma. We intentionally design the environment to be safe, culturally competent, and collaborative. Registration is simple, space is limited. Participants in the The Heal Write! Workshop Series are eligible to recieve scholarships to attend The Write to Heal Retreat, November 1-3rd, 2019 in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.    We encourage writers of any genre, at any stage in their writing development to join an open space that inspires creatives to speak their truth to trauma.  There is no cost to attend the Heal Write! Workshop…

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Submission Deadline: smoke + mold Issue 2

smoke + mold is an online journal of, broadly defined, nature focused prose by trans writers in reaction to ongoing crises of climate and culture. Work should be limited to 3000 words or less. Excerpts of longer work welcome, but should be able to stand on their own. Prose poems are welcome, but the journal really wants prose of fiction, nonfiction, and critical work. All writers receive $50 upon acceptance. See the website for greater detail of the kind of work their looking for. smoke + mold is also accepting issue proposals for 1-2 themed special issues revolving around a particular theme, issue, question, etc. to be selected, edited, and introduced by a guest editor. See the same link above for further info.

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Hodgepodge Reading – Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 Hodgepodge reading even will be hosted by Tuna Cole. More info to follow!

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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: Read Your Work in Public! September

Most writers find themselves in a position where they need to read their work aloud in public. While it’s an exciting proposition to share your work, not everyone feels comfortable reading their prose in front of an audience. This workshop will help increase your skill and comfort level, so you can share your work with confidence. Tamar Shai Bolkvadze earned a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska. In 2017 she was the recipient of Oregon Literary Arts’ Women Writers Fellowship for her play Ugly Baby, Stupid Baby. Tamar continues to focus on playwriting. September 18, 2019 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Tamar Bolkvadze SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire…

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Fall Cookbook Club

Join us for a fall gathering filled with good food and conversation with foodie and amateur chef, Stephanie Rose and your community. This is a potluck-style event with every attendee choosing a recipe from the cookbook to share with the group. The event is limited to 12 participants and purchase of the cookbook at Books Around the Corner confirms your place on the list. After the event is full we will form a waitlist. If you have any questions please email info@booksaroundthecorner.com We will be cooking out of Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert ($16.95) . Order your copy today. Prepayment required.

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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: September Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. 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. Emilly Prado is an award-winning multimedia journalist. A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been writing and photographing since she was a child though studied education, social work, and library sciences after high school. Using an intersectional feminist framework,…

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