William Stafford Centennial Celebration
Friday, February 7, 2014
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Everybody Reads: Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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2013/2014 Portland Arts & Lectures Subscription Packages
3-part subscriptions to the 2013/2014 season are now available.
3-Part Patron Seating Subscription (Orchestra Rows A – R)$183
3-Part Reserved Seating Subscription (Orchestra Rows S – BB)$129
Delve: Readers Seminars
Each Delve seminar is limited to 16 participants who will complete designated reading in advance and come prepared to discuss the text in an informal, friendly atmosphere.
2013/2014 Delve: Readers Seminars
The Mexican Revolution$185
The Signature Style of Chris Ware (Delve Seminar)$90
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment$185
19th Centuray Realism: Balzac & Flaubert$185
The Americans: Erdrich, Otsuka & Ward$185
Shakespeare’s Othello (Delve Seminar)$90
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Writing Daily—William Stafford’s Way
Taught by Kim Stafford
Saturday & Sunday, February 1-2, 10:00am-4:00pm ($245)
How did William Stafford combine generous welcome in his writing practice with such astounding production: 20,000 poems and sixty books? In this workshop, we will practice writing in the spirit of his way of writing. By reviewing selected drafts from the William Stafford Archives, and engaging a series of writing invitations suggested by his work, we will scribble our own set of evocative beginnings.
Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark, and literary executor for the Estate of William Stafford. He is the author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft, as well as several books of poetry.
Writing the Short Story: Inventing New Worlds, Fixing Old Ones
Taught by Gina Oschner
Saturdays, February 8th through March 15th (6 weeks)
10:00 a.m to noon; limited to 9 students ($275)
Starting new stories is exciting— revision can be frustrating. Treat your writing self to the best of both worlds in this six week workshop, which will focus on revising prior work as well as creating new work. Participants will leave this class with several possible new beginnings to short stories, as well as specific suggestions on revision of a finished piece.
Gina Ochsner is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. Her novel, The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight, received the Grub Street Book Prize in 2011 and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2010.
Finding A Literary Agent
Taught by Betsy Amster
Thursday, February 13th, 7:00-9:00pm; one class meeting only ($40)
With the publishing world in flux, having a literary agent ready to do battle for you has become more important than ever before. But how do you choose among the hundreds of agents in business? Join literary agent Betsy Amster as she explores what it takes to find an agent able to help you reach your goals. You’ll learn:
· how to research agents
· foolproof ways to make agents seek you out
· the fine art of interviewing agents
· how to understand agency representation agreements
· how to ensure a long and profitable relationship
Betsy Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, a literary agency in Los Angeles and Portland. Before opening her agency in 1992, she spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage and two years as editorial director of the Globe Pequot Press. A frequent instructor at The Loft, Betsy has also run publishing workshops at Mediabistro, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.
Make Your Memoir Matter
Taught by Karen Karbo
Three day intensive course; limited to 12 students ($245):
Friday, February 21, 6:00-9:00pm; Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00-5:00pm; Sunday, February 23, 1:00-5:00pm
If you think you’d like to write a memoir some day, this class may not be for you. This three day intensive is for writers who are working on a memoir. You’ve begun to tell your story, in all its dramatic and loving detail. Now comes the hard part: who cares? How do you draw readers in? How do you create a story that is at once personal and universal? In one weekend, students will work intensively on their memoirs, discover where its heartbeat lies and how to make it matter for readers.
Karen Karbo’s 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction. She is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is Julia Child Rules, published in October 2013.