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Jul
24
Fri
2020
Write Around Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshops 2nd & 4th Friday of every month @ Write Around Portland
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Write Around Portland’s Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Workshops for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color (BIPOC):
2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 4 to 5:30 pm, Free
Pre-register for July 24, 2020 workshop here.

Please note: this workshop is only for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color. The workshop will be led by a BIPOC facilitator.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager Jenny Chu at [email protected]
More info here: https://writearound.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BIPOC-Online-Writing-Workshop.pdf

Oct
7
Wed
2020
Around the World With 6 Poets: Zoom class @ 6-week Zoom class from Catamaran Literary Reader
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A six-week Zoom class, Around the World with Six Poets, starts on October 7. For more info or to register:
https://catamaranliteraryreader.com/worldpoetrywithzackrogow

“These are some of my favorite writers, all of them modern poets whose work is highly accessible and moving. These poets not only changed literature, they transformed the way we see the world.”—Zack Rogow, instructor
The six writers represent very different but connected regions of the globe:
Yosano Akiko (Japan)
Anna Akhmatova (Russia)
Federico García Lorca (Spain)
Pablo Neruda (Chile)
Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal)
Nazim Hikmet (Turkey)

The class includes slides about the poet’s life, placing the writers in the context of the dynamic historical and literary changes they were part of. We also hear brief excerpts of the poetry in the original languages, to give a flavor of the poet’s actual speech. Each class will include optional writing prompts for creative inspiration.

Nov
20
Fri
2020
Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry @ Zoom
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To register, email [email protected]

Using a rhetorical device known as ekphrasis, the poet engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, music, or other form of art in hopes of expanding on its meaning. Ekphrastic poets analyze the original artwork, explore symbolic meanings, invent stories, and even create dialog and dramatic scenes. The artwork will often lead the poet to new insights and surprising discoveries about the very nature of artistic creation and conversation.

In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of ekphrasis through poetry/art/song analysis, active discussion, and a progressively challenging set of writing activities that create and foster conversation among multiple art forms.
We will study diverse ekphrastic poems from Anne Sexton, Edward Hirsch, Valerie Martinez, Blas Falconer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Terrence Hayes, Gina Williams, and Ocean Vuong to see how they successfully explore fresh, unexpected methods of artistic translation and conversation.

About the Teacher:

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A twenty-three-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, and various anthologies. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.

Dec
16
Wed
2020
Workshop – Poetry of Place: Letting the Landscape Tell Your Story @ Zoom
Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

To register, email [email protected]

In this intensive generative workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. More than “nature poetry” in its traditional sense, we will study how the outside world can be used as a metaphor for relationships, our internal lives, and human connectiveness, investigating empathy, mood, line breaks, evocative language, and other elements.

We will analyze diverse poems from contemporary poets that successfully employ place as metaphors, followed by hands-on writing activities, prompts, and plenty of in-class writing time.

Jan
27
Wed
2021
{Workshop} The Heartfelt & Heartbroken: Writing Evocative Love Poems @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

To register, email [email protected]

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Is there someone in your life, present or past (even future) that you’d like to write a poem for?

In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of writing “love poetry”, from the ecstatic to the melancholic, from discovering that intimate connection to finding uniquely evocative ways of expressing that connection through poetry. We will study how best to show true emotion without leaning too heavily into sentimentality, as well exploring poems that deal with loss of a loved one.

We will analyze diverse poems from contemporary poets, followed by hands-on writing activities, prompts, and plenty of in-class writing time.

FOR FAMILIES: Tardeada de Poesia (Poetry Afternoon) with Claudia Castro Luna @ Online
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calling all kids and families:

Join Columbia Riverkeeper and special guest, Claudia Castro Luna, for an afternoon of poetry for the family. This is a kid-friendly poetry workshop, all in Spanish, that will focus on themes around the environment and river ecosystems. Kids and their families will have the opportunity to write poetry, draw, and publish their work on Columbia Riverkeeper’s website. This event will be instructed and taught in Spanish and kids and families are welcome to speak in whatever language is comfortable for them.

Feb
20
Sat
2021
Poems to Get us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry @ The Writer's Guild of Astoria, Oregon
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Poems to Get Us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry

Throughout the atrocities, hardships, and loss of 2020, many poets did what they do best: they wrote about what it was like to be alive. We’ll spend 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST together, marveling at pandemic poems written by Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Dana Levin, Erika L. Sánchez, and Marcus Wicker. We’ll discuss how these poems move our bodies, hearts, and minds. We’ll also try on some 2020-themed writing of our own. No previous poetry experience is necessary. An openness to the power of language, however, is essential.

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Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for the Indiana Writers Center Summer Learning Programs, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the tribal lands of the Clatsop people.

Mar
20
Sat
2021
Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry @ Zoom
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Title: Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry

Time: Saturday, March 20, 2020 @ 1-4pm PST

Platform: Zoom

Tuition: $45

To register, email [email protected]
For more information, visit our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/702345690456795/
About the Workshop:

Using a rhetorical device known as ekphrasis, the poet engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, music, or other form of art in hopes of expanding on its meaning. Ekphrastic poets analyze the original artwork, explore symbolic meanings, invent stories, and even create dialog and dramatic scenes. The artwork will often lead the poet to new insights and surprising discoveries about the very nature of artistic creation and conversation.

In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of ekphrasis through poetry/art/song analysis, active discussion, and a progressively challenging set of writing activities that create and foster conversation among multiple art forms.
We will study diverse ekphrastic poems from Anne Sexton, Edward Hirsch, Valerie Martinez, Blas Falconer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Gina Williams, and Ocean Vuong to see how they successfully explore fresh, unexpected methods of artistic translation and conversation.

Apr
7
Wed
2021
The Rules & How to Break Them: Creative Writing for Grades 6-12 @ Lafayette Writers' Studio
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm

Writers are people who read, write, and rewrite. They know the rules. They know how—and when!—to break them. We’ll practice The Writing Life together during this online workshop. We’ll encourage each other’s writing dreams to take shape on the page.

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How it works: In this workshop class we will meet four times in April for 1.5 hours. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction written by young writers. Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers), the instructor, will offer a framework for talking about the craft of each piece. We will use this framework to better understand how writing moves our hearts, minds, and bodies.

Each writer will have the option to share their own writing during each session. We will respond with claps, snaps, kudos, and/or details, depending on the writer’s feedback preferences.

Each session will feature reading, writing, revision, and celebration. Lauren will share links and resources for further exploration, as well as answer questions regarding revision, publication, and writing opportunities.

Who is the Instructor?

Lauren Mallett’s (she/her/hers) poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, RHINO, Fugue, Passages North, and other journals. She has taught for the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop since 2008. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, CA from 2010-2013. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. She is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. Lauren lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. Her current obsessions are banana slugs and fly amanita mushrooms. She believes that deep listening and trust are the encouragement we all need to tell our stories.

When is this class offered?

This class is offered virtually and meets from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST on four Wednesdays in April: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28. It is open to writers ages 11-18 who are interested in writing and learning more about creative writing. The class is capped at 12 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class. Three scholarships are available for BIPOC, Queer, and/or Trans writers (please contact Lauren at mallett [dot] lauren [at] gmail [dot] com for scholarship enrollment details). Tuition includes the option to meet with Lauren for a 30-minute, one-on-one conference via Zoom or phone during the first and/or last week of the workshop.

Apr
17
Sat
2021
Poems to Get Us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry @ The Writer's Guild of Astoria (via ZOOM)
Apr 17 all-day

Poems to Get Us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry

Throughout the atrocities, hardships, and loss of 2020, many poets did what they do best: they wrote about what it was like to be alive. We’ll spend 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST together, marveling at pandemic poems written by Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Dana Levin, Erika L. Sánchez, and Marcus Wicker. We’ll discuss how these poems move our bodies, hearts, and minds. We’ll also try on some 2020-themed writing of our own. No previous poetry experience is necessary. An openness to the power of language, however, is essential.

——-

Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for the Indiana Writers Center Summer Learning Programs, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the tribal lands of the Clatsop people.