[Local events] Spring Literary Arts Workshops at MAC

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Mon Mar 23 13:09:46 PDT 2009

Spring Literary Arts Workshops at Multnomah Arts Center

The full catalog of spring classes at MAC can be downloaded at 
For more information, or to register, call 503-823-2787.


Writing & Reading Poetry
David Abel

In this workshop, we’ll look at how poetry works, as writers and as 
readers. We’ll write in response to exercises, and in response to what 
we read; we’ll read closely one another’s work, and the work of other 
poets both familiar and not. The challenge of reading poetry pays off in 
two ways: empathy for the situation of our readers, and the discovery of 
new possibilities. Open to anyone (beginner or veteran) who writes 
poetry and wants to deepen their understanding of the art.

Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 31 - May 26 [9 classes]


Fiction Writing for Beginners
Susan Wickstrom

Are you ready to write the Great American Novel? Or do you simply want 
to express yourself? Beginning fiction writers will find inspiration and 
support through discussion and in-class exercises. No writing experience 

Thursdays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
April 2 - June 4 [8 classes; no class on 4/23 or 5/21]


Memoir Writing: The Literature of Memory
Lyssa Tall Anolik

Memory is not logical or tidy, but it is infinitely interesting. Learn 
how to take the details that make up your life and turn them into 
memoir, poems, or even fiction. We will engage in the free-writing 
process using prompts to trigger and unlock the stories hidden within 
you. We’ll address and put aside the inner critic, so that you may 
engage your creative process in a safe and encouraging environment. 
We’ll draw from Natalie Goldberg’s, “Old Friend from Far Away,” and 
other texts. No writing experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
April 15 - May 27 [7 classes]


Lifestory, Lifepath
Barbara Schramm

A good life story is one of the most important gifts we can offer 
ourselves, our children, our friends, and our community. A meaningful 
life contributes in generative ways to those around us. With that in 
mind, this workshop will give you an opportunity to write your own life 
story that may have become buried or eclipsed. This supportive class is 
open to writers of all abilities.
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am
April 8 – May 27 [8 classes]


Children's Writing: Let Your Imagination Fly (Ages: 8 - 12)
Lyssa Tall Anolik

Fly to the moon! Sail to the stars! Send thoughts aloft on a paper 
airplane. Imagine yourself an astronaut or bird & write stories or 
poetry about your travels! Students are welcome to support their writing 
with illustrations. Increase communication & self- expression skills 
while improving basic writing abilities.
Mondays 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Apr. 20 - May 18 [5 classes]


Writers’ Roundtable – April Henry

Get up-close and personal with mystery writer April Henry, the author of 
five adult
mysteries including the four-book Claire Montrose series that began with 
in the Face. Henry also writes popular young adult thrillers such as 
Shock Point
and Torched. She has been nominated for several literary prizes 
including the
Oregon Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
Moderated by Susan Wickstrom. Limited to 15 participants.

Wednesday May 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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