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March 2017
$207

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

March 16, 2017 @ 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, 2017 - May 7, 2017
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
$166.00

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

June 6, 2017 @ 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
$188.00

The Personal Essay/Sept 9 & 10

September 9, 2017 @ 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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$60.00

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

September 19, 2017 @ 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

Litcrawl!

November 10, 2017 @ 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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January 2018
$207.00

Short Story Workshop – Tuesday Evenings, 16 January – 13 February

January 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215 United States

I want to try to capture in writing the mysterious process of a life unfolding and how it feels as it happens. We often imagine that mystery is buried deep inside our lives, but it’s also hidden around us. ~ Tessa Hadley For five weeks we’ll put our storytelling muscles to work. Reading great stories, writing from prompts, working with stories you may already have. Through peer support and critical discussion you’ll get thoughtful responses to your work with an…

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$365.00

Memoir Boot Camp – Sundays, 21 January – 18 March

January 21 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

This 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 discussion…

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February 2018
$50.00

How to be Your Own Best Editor

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

You’ve finished a draft. Now what? In this one-day workshop we will discuss the best strategies for making your work shine. Bring your project—a story, novel excerpt, or essay—to class and we’ll make a revision plan to suit you and your work.

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$50.00

Plot: What We Talk About When We Talk About Structure

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Ave.
Portland, OR 97205 United States

In this workshop we’ll talk about conflict, thwarted desire, momentum, and satisfying story shape; in other words, we’re going to talk about plot. After reading short examples and discussing a variety of structural models, we’ll try out some prompts to get you thinking about your material from new angles.

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