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October 2016

The Stories We Carry (Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 – 2:00)

October 15, 2016 - October 16, 2016
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

We will begin by mapping the marks, scars and memories we carry on our bodies. Through writing prompts and collage, we will explore and rediscover the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. We will read excerpts from stories and memoirs, and then share to the work we write together, either stories or essays. Students will leave with a collection of prose pieces, or perhaps the start of a longer project.

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November 2016

Wordstock – Portland Book Festival

November 5, 2016
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

This year, the festival expands to six new venues in the South Park Blocks, including The Old Church, Oregon Historical Society, Northwest Film Center, and three of the stages of Portland’5: the Brunish Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. We will also return to the Portland Art Museum and the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The new partner venues and stages more than DOUBLE the seated capacity for the festival. Other updates to the festival…

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January 2017

Memoir Boot Camp (Sundays 3-5p, January 8 – February 26)

January 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

This popular class for aspiring memoir writers will help you complete the first draft of a memoir in just eight weeks. Participants will commit to an aggressive writing schedule and explore aspects of memory based writing in a supportive environment. You do not need permission to register, however 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…

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Unchaste Readers

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

I feel lucky to be reading with this amazing series, curated by wonderful Jenny Forrester. More news about this event soon!  

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March 2017

5 week Short Fiction Workshop/Th. eves 16 March – 13 April

March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215 United States

There are two rules you must follow to get your story onto the page. First you have to have desire to dive in and try things out, to make mistakes and discoveries along the way. And second, you have to keep your butt in the writing chair.

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May 2017

Muse and the Marketplace

May 5 - May 7
https://www.bostonparkplaza.com, 50 PARK PLAZA AT ARLINGTON STREET
Boston, MA 02116

Three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and nonfiction, prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors lead 100+ interactive sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side – the “marketplace.” I'll be giving a talk on "The Secondary I in Personal Essay."

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June 2017

Craft Series Workshop/Tues. Evenings, June 6-27

June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215 United States

In this multi-genre workshop we’ll spend each session digging deep into craft decisions and strategies to make all our work stronger and more vibrant. Concerned about point of view/persona, scene vs. summary, developing complex characters and writing realistic dialog? This is the perfect summer booster shot for your work. We’ll develop our writers’ toolbox through reading great excerpts from wonderful writers, conversations and prompts. Each participant will have the opportunity to bring in pages and for the class to discuss.

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September 2017

The Personal Essay/Sept 9 & 10

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sitka Center, 56605 Sitka Dr.
Otis, OR 97202 United States

You've got a story, a topic of interest, an observation, a memory and, best of all, a completely distinctive point of view—yours. In this workshop we will explore ways to convert the messiness of life into an essay that impacts readers with the same vigor and vitality as our lived experiences have affected us. Our essays will work to connect a truth we discover about ourselves with a larger truth. We will discuss literary tools such as voice, structure, scenic…

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Entering the House of Munro/Tues Evenings, Sept 19 – Oct 24

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, Oregon 97215 United States

Alice Munro has famously said, "A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is…

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November 2017


November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A madcap literary adventure in downtown Portland. There will be terrific readings in many venues. I'm excited to read with the Zyzzyva folks @ Literary Arts at 7p. Lit Crawl® Portland hits the streets of downtown PDX for the second year in a row, November 10, the night before WPBF!

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