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The Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What

This class is for serious writers who are ready to reclaim their commitment to writing. The writing journey, exhilarating and wondrous as it is, can be punctuated with delays and disappointments. Sometimes the demands of daily life or an unexpected crisis can send us into a tailspin. How do we keep writing through chaos or a stressful live event? For many of us, 2020 threw various hurdles in the way of our ability to write consistently. Yet, we pressed on. Still, some of us have yet to regain our footing, and need encouragement to keep going. If you are tired of not writing, and want to cultivate the “stick-to-it-ness” necessary for meeting your goals–no matter the challenges–this workshop is for you. Gleaning inspiration and guidance…

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Revision: Taking a Second Look

Most authors know that real writing begins with rewriting. Yet, revision is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process. How do we dig deeper and color in the edges to make our writing more evocative? How do we use the senses to make it come to life? What would happen if we approached the same material from the perspective of a different character? Or from an entirely different point of view (third person as opposed to first-person say)? In this six-week class, we will take an editor’s perspective on polishing our work and that of others. The class will be structured as a mini-workshop and we will devote most of our time to peer reading and critique with an emphasis on elements…

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Feedback Session #3 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Julia Gaskill and Alex Dang. — Literary Arts will share feedback session sign ups soon. in the meantime, please add your information here if you’d like to be notified when they’re published: https://forms.gle/QYTm1mgt348QE1LG7 — Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback sessions, please contact Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at emilly@literary-arts.org. — About the Competition #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition presented by Literary Arts. Competitors will take to the…

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Feedback Session #2 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Alex Dang. — Literary Arts will share feedback session sign ups soon. in the meantime, please add your information here if you’d like to be notified when they’re published: https://forms.gle/QYTm1mgt348QE1LG7 — Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback sessions, please contact Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at emilly@literary-arts.org. — About the Competition #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition presented by Literary Arts. Competitors will take to the…

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Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

Refine your performance chops in anticipation of #Virtualandia! and more at this workshop co-led by two amazing slam poets—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jolly Wrapper, third place Verselandia! 2018 winner and Brave New Voices poet. Topics may include projecting your voice with confidence, extending metaphors, transitioning themes, memorization tips, body language, and anything in between. — RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualandia-2021-workshop-and-qa-sessions-tickets-142756002045 — Workshops are free and open to all students. These will be hosted via Google Meet and led by talented youth and adult slam poets. For questions about this workshop, please contact Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at emilly@literary-arts.org. — About the Competition #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to…

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Moon School – A Poetry Workshop

MOON SCHOOL is month-long generative writing workshop for writers at all levels. Each week for four weeks, participants will meet with Dr. Mindy Nettifee and Brian S. Ellis to explore new writing and editing practices and discuss practical revolutionary perspectives on how poetry and performance can both reveal and shape the world. All workshops will be recorded and available to watch again or asynchronously. The first two weeks, while the moon is on the wax, Mindy will focus on rituals of generation, from locating inspiration to tapping altered states of creative flow. The second two weeks, as the moon wanes, Brian will focus on approaches to honing and editing that help crystallize poems into final form, ready to be shared both on the page or…

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Memoir Infusion!

The best work speaks intimately to you even though it has been consciously made to speak intimately to thousands of others.- Jeanette Winterson This class is meant to get you moving, excited and deeply engaged with your memoir project. Whether you’ve almost got a full draft, are just beginning, or somewhere in between, together we’re going to make progress. Through reading memoir samples, craft talks and readings, plus specific writing exercises, we’ll examine what makes a reader engage with your story. We will look at ways to organize and shape life-chaos into art. Through vivid details, authentic voice, inventive uses of form, captivating dialog and invigorated settings, we can indeed make our personal stories universal. During the first half of class we will workshop short…

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March BIPOC writer 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 an educator, coach, and writer who strives to lead through a love ethic and believes in the power of stories to change hearts and minds. Her writing has been published in the Oregonian, The Learning Network of the New York Times, and Beacon Magazine. Currently, she is working on a speculative future novel exploring intergenerational experiences of survival…

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Feedback Session #1 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Julia Gaskill. — Literary Arts will share feedback session sign ups soon. in the meantime, please add your information here if you’d like to be notified when they’re published: https://forms.gle/QYTm1mgt348QE1LG7 — Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback sessions, please contact Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at emilly@literary-arts.org. — About the Competition #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition presented by Literary Arts. Competitors will take to the…

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Write Around Portland: Prompt Online Workshop with Author Neil Aitken | 10 Saturdays, Mar 13 – May 15

“Sign up, show up and your heart and world will thank you. I’ve known that I love writing and ‘must do it more,’ but now I know it is essential to living the life I want.” —Sara, past Prompt participant Join author and poet Neil Aitken this spring for a 10-week generative writing workshop designed to inspire the writing life! Starts March 13th—10 Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. “These are spaces of learning, wonder and courage—I love being a part of these creative workshops where writers new and seasoned are discovering the joy of writing together.” —Neil Aitken, Write Around Portland facilitator Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building…

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