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Let’s Get It On The Page: Writing Sex Scenes to Excite and Entice Your Readers

Perhaps you snuck a peek at your grandma’s romance novels and giggled at the over-the-top metaphors. Maybe your writing group said you could use a sex scene but you’re mortified by putting it on the page. Maybe you write erotica and want to polish your craft. Sex can be one of the most exciting and emotionally resonant moments in a novel. It can also be cringe-worthy and awkward. Join author and sex-positivity advocate, Karelia Stetz-Waters, for a talk on writing fabulous sex scenes. This fun, unembarrassed look at sex scenes will cover plot and character elements as well as the physicality of sex on the page, Karelia will practical tips and tricks that any writer can use. All heat levels, sexual orientations, and gender identities…

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Coffee Talk #30

Come here these 5 wonderful people read their work around grief. Your Jan 6th self will thank you. Its a heart balm. [Featuring: Daniel Elder, Janice Lee, Jen Violi, Mary Mandeville, Pamela Moore Dionne] Readings are about an hour and start at 7 PM Pacific on zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83156663544?pwd=dml2Ymd1eEhnNEVVQXhtOG44SzF3UT09 Meeting ID: 831 5666 3544 Passcode: 103969

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Submission Deadline: HOCUS Tarot Prompt Submissions

If you’ve been following our social media @hocusreadings during November, you know that we’ve drawn a different Tarot card every morning and created a writing prompt based on that card. During the month of December, you’re invited to REVISE the pieces you’ve written using these prompts and submit your favorite three to us for possible inclusion in a saddle-stitched volume we’re thinking of as a high-class zine. If you haven’t been following along, you still have time! Submissions aren’t due until December 31st. Go to http://www.hocus.ink and click on “Submissions Open!”

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December BIPOC Writers Workshop

For BIPOC writers Searching for a space to create new work with fellow BIPOC writers? This two-hour workshop meets on Zoom. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to BIPOC writers at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Scholarships are available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information. Jacqueline Fitzgerald is a transformation coach, educator, and artist who centers healing, creativity, and embodied equity to cultivate collective belonging. After over a decade of experience as a teacher and facilitator in Portland area public schools, Jacque brings a trauma-informed, joyful, and loving approach to her values re-alignment work. Her writing has been published in The Oregonian, The Learning Network of…

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Submission Deadline: De-Canon + Fonograf Ed. Hybrid-Lit Anthology

De-Canon resumes its mission of “de-canonizing” by teaming up with Fonograf Editions to publish an anthology of hybrid-literary works by women and nonbinary BIPOC writers. This anthology will explore multimodal forms of writing that navigate the restless intersections of writing, visual art, and other media, and that innovate in their contemplations – and complications – of language and form. Submissions are open from October 1st to December 15, 2021. What is hybridity? What does it mean, and why does it matter now, to pay heed to hybrid modes of writing and art, to confluences of aesthetic mediums, to processes that make visible the seams and in-between spaces of the realms we ‘make’ in? How does the hybrid form potentially re-define “writing”? And, what fuels a…

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Tech Support Group

This workshop will take place on zoom. Register here. In this four-part workshop meets peer support group, participants will gather to cultivate community and creative consciousness around the complex presence that smartphones have in our lives. Each meeting will include space for sharing, inquiring, exploring creative prompts and developing ideas for a cumulative collaborative Tech Support zine. The zine may include drawings, writings, poems, prompts, experiments, photos, etc which reflect the unique experiences participants have with their phones. Participants can expect weekly email offerings with questions, prompts and themes to support their processes, to be used if desired. About the facilitator: Erika Dedini (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Practices from Portland State University. She has completed a two-year training program in mindful somatic therapy from Mindful…

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One Page Wednesday: December

Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! December’s One Page Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured readers are Laura Moulton and Ben Hodgson Register here for One Page Wednesday Ben Hodgson was a computer technician in the air force and a cab driver for many years. He is currently on the board of Street Books, and works as a street librarian, speaker, and inventory specialist. Loaners, co-written with Laura Moulton, is his first book. Laura Moulton teaches in the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and leads…

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Grief and The Holidays

The holiday season isn’t only cheer and carols. It can be hard too. Grief can be louder. Let’s come together and write about it. Join us Wednesday December 8 at Noon Pacific. Any level of writing. Everybody welcome. It’s for humans including writers and non writers. It’s a free one day drop-in writing session. Limited spaces! Join the zoom room at noon Pacific https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694083515?pwd=czFibEpBakFVQ0U2ck5uK3dXeUJNZz09 Meeting ID: 846 9408 3515 Passcode: eggnog Bring your laptop or pen. Your coffee too. Bring your friends! Invite them on this Facebook event 🙂 We will include a brief meditation, prompts around the holidays and grief, time to write, and time to share. Who are we? We are a mom/daughter team who created Coffee and Grief during the beginning of…

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The Moth: StorySLAM: Wisdom

WISDOM: Prepare a five-minute story about lessons born of experience. Advice from elders, gurus, and sages. Knowledge gleaned from hard knocks or fortune cookies. Mistakes and successes, Confucius or Dr. Phil. *PLEASE NOTE THAT PROOF OF VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.* Your last dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to date of arrival. Proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination.  We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary…

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Passages Bookshop: MOVING SALE! — ONE WEEK ONLY!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 50% OFF all books priced $25 or less 30% OFF all other books* Passages Bookshop is moving to a new location in NW Portland. Take advantage of great discounts to stock up on Christmas gifts, pick up those books you’ve been coveting, and help us lighten our load. Hundreds of new arrivals in every category are included: used books, rare books, bargain books, remainders. Sale prices for items on the website will appear by Monday morning. * Please note that a small number of consigned books will not be included in the sale.

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