LITERARY ARTS READING
March 13 & June 5 • 7 pm
Multnomah Arts Center Literary Arts Program instructors and students will read their poetry, fiction and nonfiction in a celebration of the written word. Open to the public.
Literary Arts Classes
Creative Nonfiction Writing—From Seeds to Stories
Ages 18 & Up
The blank page’s potential can intimidate some writers into silence. Bring an empty notebook and be guided through the writing process from its messiest beginnings to a completed story. This genre includes memoir, essay, narrative journalism, interviews, and all other true stories. All levels.
1026159 Mon. 6:30 – 9 pm Apr. 6 – Jun. 1 $160 [8 classes] Judith Pulman
Poetry Writing Ages 16 & Up
Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Take time in class to write poems in response to prompts, prompts, and more prompts, leaning into your imagination and following the impulses of your right-brain. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, suggesting and sharing revisions. All levels.
1026164 Tu. 7 – 9 pm Apr. 7 – Jun. 2 $153 [9 classes] Donna Prinzmetal
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.
1026161 Wed. 10 am – 12:30 pm Apr. 8 – May 27 $160 [8 classes] Meg Eberle
Memoir Writing—Advanced Ages 18 & Up
This is a workshop intended for students who have taken at least one memoir writing class. Our emphasis will be on writing longer pieces, extensive critiquing, and revising effectively. We will continue to utilize various aspects of craft and explore our own motivations for writing memoir.
1026160 Tu. 10 am – 12:30 pm Apr. 7 – Jun. 2 $180 [9 classes] Rob Freedman
Poetry Collage Ages 16 & Up
Poets and artists have always used allusion and reference to create something new. Explore strategies for assembling borrowed words and images into art and poetry. Create visual collages that incorporate text or poems that include visual aids. The first class we will discuss materials—newspapers, photos, found text, natural
items—that you can bring in as well as some materials that you didn’t even know you could collage with. Scissors, glue, and collage paper will be provided. All levels.
1026167 Mon. 1 – 2:30 pm Apr. 13 – May 18 $84 [6 classes] Christopher Luna
Reading & Writing About Nature Ages 18 & Up
In this class we’ll read excerpts by American nature writers (including Muir and Burroughs) to inspire us to observe keenly and write clearly about the natural world—which might be a city street as much as a remote mountain peak. This class covers all genres of writing and is for non-writers as well as writers. Our goal is to enjoy the legacy of American nature writers while developing an adventuresome spirit toward our own lives and writings. All levels.
1026162 Fri. 10 am – 12:30 pm Apr. 17 – Jun. 5 $160 [8 classes] Christine Colasurdo
Literary Arts Workshops
Writing Characters into Life Ages 16 & Up
Ever read a story where a character seemed so vivid that you felt like you knew them? Through a series of writing exercises, we’ll experiment to see what makes characters work on the page in your poetry or prose. All levels.
1026176 Sat. 10 am – 12:30 pm May 9 – 16 $40 [2 classes] Michael Cooper
Getting Your Writing Out There Ages 18 & Up
Think your work is ready to get out into the world? In a supportive group, survey your creative goals and explore the many pathways to share your writing. Leave class with a plan to move your work out from the drawer and into the hearts and minds of others. Local readings, cover letters, conferences, and collaborations will be discussed. All levels.
1027326 Sat. 10 am – 3 pm Apr. 18 $46 [1 class] Judith Pulman