Multnomah Arts Center welcomes our latest installation: the Literary Arts Pole. This work of art was a collaboration with artists: Jerry Harris, woodwork; Greg Wilbur, metalwork; Christine Colasurdo, calligraphy; Nicole Rawlins, copper etching; and Tracy Wolf-Paquin, glass. Poet Kim Stafford contributed the inscription. Thanks to everyone, including the Multnomah Arts Center Association, for this wonderful addition to our community. Visit the Literary Arts Pole periodically to be inspired by new works from MAC faculty and students.
NEW! Reading & Writing About Portland Ages 18 & Up
You might know Portland’s urbanscape well, but what about the city’s wilder aspects? Be inspired by the city and find wildness all around (and in) you, not just far away in mountains or deserts. Using the book “Wild in the City” (Houck and Cody, 2000) as a starting point, deepen your knowledge of Portland’s geology, history, and natural history. Read poems and prose by local writers and create your own work that is informed by a sharpened sense of place, wildness, and time. Course materials included. All levels.
1019147 Fri. 10 am – 12 pm Jan. 16 – Mar. 6 $136 [8 classes] Christine Colasurdo
Memoir Writing Ages 18 & Up
Anyone can write memoir. We all have stories—young and old, rich and poor, famous and not so. Participants will use prompts and other exercises to trigger and unlock their memories in order to zero in on those moments that are both rich and significant. Draw inspiration and craft secrets from other authors and address and put aside the inner critic, so that you may engage your creative process in a safe and encouraging environment. All levels.
1019148 Tu. 10 am – 12:30 pm Jan. 13 – Mar. 10 $180 [9 classes] Rob Freedman
1020820 Wed. 7 – 9 pm Jan. 14 – Mar. 4 $136 [8 classes] Aaron Raz Link
NEW! Rites of Passage Writing Workshop Ages 16 & Up
Our lives are punctuated by certain transformational moments such as the first day of school, a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, break–up of a first relationship, or the birth of a child. They can be an entire stage of development such as puberty, or as small as a minute when, for whatever reason, your entire perception of yourself, or of the world, shifted. Explore these signposts and see your life as a rich source of creative inspiration. All levels. Poets and prose writers welcome.
1021353 Th. 1 – 3 pm Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 $102 [6 classes] Donna Prinzmetal
Fiction Writing Ages 16 & Up
Do you have a story to tell? Have you dreamt up characters that you want to write more about? Do you want to use your imagination to create fictional worlds? Whether you have great ideas for stories but no idea how to start telling them, or drafts of stories you’ve written that don’t quite feel finished, this workshop is for you. Together, we willll explore how language, character, and narrative structure work in each other’s writing as well as in published works. All levels.
1019152 Mon. 7 – 9 pm Jan. 19 – Mar. 2 $120 [7 classes] Michael Cooper
Writing Our Lives As Story Ages 18 & Up
When writing from personal experience, we think we know our own story. However, it’s only when we’re surprised by our story that writing starts to take on depth and energy. In this workshop, we’ll enter our life through the back door and explore how to create stories we never even knew we needed to tell. All levels.
1019154 Wed. 1 – 3 pm Jan. 14 – Mar. 4 $136 [8 classes] Nancy Linnon
Writing Poetry That Pops Ages 16 & Up
Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision. All levels.
1019150 Mon. 1 – 2:30 pm Jan. 12 – Mar. 9 $98 [7 classes] Christopher Luna
NEW! Writing from Art Ages 16 & Up
From Keats’ 19th century “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” to Don McLean’s 1971 “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” works of art have long fired writers’ imaginations. Explore the art and practice of writing through the non-linear lens of visual art. Read and discuss writing inspired by art, loosen up your creative minds through right-brain writing exercises in response to art on the walls of the Multnomah Arts Center, and engage in simple artwork of your own to use as another portal into the writing process. All class sharing will be optional and supportive. Writers and artists of all levels welcome.
1021491 Sat. 10 am – 3 pm Jan. 17 $46 [1 class] Judith Pulman
Literary Arts Classes for Youth
Creative Writing Workshop Ages 8 – 12
We all have something to say! Learn how to really see—and write about—the world around you. Expect fun collaborative writing and focused free writing during class. Use your senses and draw on your life experiences to find your written voice.
1017031 Tu. 4:15 – 5:30 pm Jan. 27 – Feb. 17 $50 [4 classes] Amy Minato