Literary Arts Program
What’s your story?
Everyone has stories. In the context of a supportive and well-facilitated group, explore and realize your these stories can be explored and realized on the page. All of MAC’s writing classes, from poetry to memoir to fiction to mixed-genre, offer students not only methods to get the words down, but the tools to craft a compelling yarn. While exploring these techniques, students share stories, receive thoughtful and constructive feedback, and build community.
Most terms, the Multnomah Arts Center hosts a public reading for our students and faculty. These readings provide the perfect setting to hear your writing alongside the diverse voices of others. Writing is hard work, and we provide a public venue to celebrate our collective effort to tell stories well.
Our faculty comprises experienced teachers who are also practicing writers. Most teachers build generative writing time into their class schedule and bring in published works to illustrate techniques. Our instructors are here because they love teaching and find the energy of writing classes invigorating.
There are great benefits to being part of a community center that shares space with weavers, printmakers, dancers, musicians, painters, actors, sculptors, metalsmiths, photographers, and young artists. Multnomah Arts Center’s Literary Arts program collaborates with the Book Arts program, the Printmaking program, and the Theater program.
Snapshots from the Literary Arts program:
The literary arts program has a core curriculum of classes in memoir, poetry, and creative non-fiction for all levels. We also offer special Saturday workshops on topics like publishing, reading your work out loud, and writing short pieces. Here, students in a memoir class are working with MAC instructor Kristin Shiga to hand sew their writings into individual books.