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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Helen Macdonald (Virtual Event)

For the opening night of the 2020-21 season of Portland Arts & Lectures, an evening with Helen Macdonald, we will be presenting a virtual event on October 13, 2020. Given that Macdonald lives in England, and the uncertain timing of when we can gather again in the Schnitzer Concert Hall, there was not a reasonable way to reschedule. Again, this event will be highly produced and re-imagined to give our subscribers a special and exclusive evening. Details about how to access these digital presentations will be sent via email to subscribers. Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season Presented by Literary Arts Join Literary Arts for another five-part season of engaging talks from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers. Helen Macdonald is a writer,…

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A Reading with Coleman Stevenson, Shayla Lawson, Stephanie Adams-Santos

Hosted on Zoom by Daedalus Books and Deep Overstock RSVP at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoc-mgqTMiE9aRJKRBm1NNrgGjRqVBIK4g. Coleman Stevenson is the author of three collections of poetry (Light Sleeper, Breakfast, and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609), The Dark Exact Tarot Guide, and a book of essays accompanying the card game Metaphysik. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications such as Seattle Review, Mid-American Review, Louisiana Literature, tarot.com, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. In addition to her work as a designer of tarot and oracle decks through her company The Dark Exact, her fine art work, exhibited in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the intersections between image and text. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon,…

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Write A Book: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Write A Book: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction IPRC Creative Workshops for Fall 2020 will be held online via zoom, PST. Instructor: Michael Heald Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 Nine students maximum (ages 18+) Class meetings: 24 (8 per term) Cost: $825 *2 spots available at sliding scale, BIPOC prioritized; email hquinn@iprc.org *2 spots available at no cost, BIPOC prioritized; email hquinn@iprc.org October 7, 2020 – June 9, 2021 This workshop will consist of three eight-week terms. Writers currently working on memoirs, essay collections, novellas, novels, short story llections, oral histories, and long-form journalism are all strongly encouraged to apply. Hybrid forms welcome. Over the course of 24 sessions, writers will work towards a draft of a manuscript in a supportive workshop environment. We’ll explore non-linear solutions…

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Landscaping Memory

Taught by Artist in Residence Paulina Ramirez, Landscaping Memory is an intimate/collective workshop to remember home, and our memory landscapes. We will be working with collage and playlists that will allow us to map those memories that represent our identity and resistance. Participants who register by September 29th will be mailed collage materials. This is a workshop for Black, Indigenous, and Brown Immigrants, prioritizing people who moved away from their land to be here in the United States. This workshop is also open to individuals whose family members— parents, grandparents, great-grandparents— have been affected by leaving behind home, culture and language. Capacity: 15 Suggested donation: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds Register here In the event that this workshop sells out, we…

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Belly of the World: a Creative Writing & Critical Discussion Workshop

IPRC Creative Workshops for Fall 2020 will be held online via zoom, PST. Belly of the World is a writing and discussion-based journaling workshop that deals in writing a biomythography of queer and trans living in both relation and entangled non-relation to the external world. We will hold group workshops on what it means for queer and trans bodies to be “in the world, and not of it” through our crafting of personal poems and reimagining of our own narratives and scripts. This workshop is designed for black, brown and indigenous women, femmes and trans folks. Instructor: loose cornrows Sundays 6-8pm PST: Sept. 20th & 27th, Oct. 4th & 11th Class capacity: 15 Class meetings: 4 Cost: $50 *2 spots available at sliding scale, BIPOC…

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Kindling the Story: Experiments in Research

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this five-week class we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways—sometimes as a seed that launches a surprising investigation, sometimes as the metaphorical connective tissue between memories of something unrelated, sometimes as structural scaffolding. Looking to journalism, ethnography, archives, found material, and our own repositories of memory and observation, we will explore a range of tactics and exercises for employing research in work. Whether writing poems, “braided” essays, or narrative nonfiction, participants will leave with a toolbox of techniques to utilize research for both inspiration and information, as well as a draft of a longer project…

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Writing Along the Seam

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent. When we reunite these forms, we welcome new, transformative forces into our work. In this course, we will consider various hybrid literary forms: lyric essay, poetic memoir, prose poetry, flash fiction, and visual/verbal hybrids. We’ll consider the unique powers of each of these forms and see what they can offer our writing. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We…

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Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life. Everyone will have opportunities to give and receive generous feedback on the development of your practice, as well as on your writing. We will pay particular attention to the voice and structure of new work and engage with the common themes that arise out of these prompts: the grief of all families, the complicated solipsism of children, and the way language gives new meaning…

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Write Around Portland: Bi-Weekly Online Writing Workshop

Writing is often thought of as something done in isolation; we know there is immense power when writing is done in community. Join us for 90 minutes of creativity and community-building, with generative writing exercises, sharing and strengths-based feedback. Our workshop model, refined over 21 years, is proven for people of all writing levels: from the budding writer to the published author. Workshops are held via Zoom. Weekly registration opens Mondays at noon and closes one hour before the workshop. Click here for more info. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm Sliding Scale Registration $5-$30. Register here. $0 registration available for past Write Around Portland participants at a social service agency and people experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Register here. Thursdays from 11 am to…

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Write Around Portland: Bi-Weekly Online Writing Workshop

Writing is often thought of as something done in isolation; we know there is immense power when writing is done in community. Join us for 90 minutes of creativity and community-building, with generative writing exercises, sharing and strengths-based feedback. Our workshop model, refined over 21 years, is proven for people of all writing levels: from the budding writer to the published author. Workshops are held via Zoom. Weekly registration opens Mondays at noon and closes one hour before the workshop. Click here for more info. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm Sliding Scale Registration $5-$30. Register here. $0 registration available for past Write Around Portland participants at a social service agency and people experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Register here. Thursdays from 11 am to…

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