[Local events] Sat. 7/9: Write Like a Bird

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Jul 7 16:47:48 PDT 2011

*Writing Places: Creative Excursions in and around Portland*

/The excursion leaders reflect Portland's avant-garde writing community 
and offer unique prose and poetry writing exercises at each place.  It's 
great intellectual stimulation . . . If you want to get a different 
perspective of the metro area, I highly recommend signing up for one or 
more./ -- Artist and writer Paula McNamee

There's still time to register for this Saturday's writing excursion at 
Oaks Bottom,  led by poet and Smorg Reading Series organizer Jesse Morse.

For more information, or to register, call 503-823-2787, or go to 
http://tinyurl.com/pdxparksonline where you can access all Portland 
Parks programs. (To download a complete summer course schedule, go to 

*Write Like a Bird: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge*
/Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am -- 2:00 pm
W.G. Sebald compared his writing process to the way "a dog runs through 
a field"'; Thoreau encouraged us to write like a fox. Is it possible to 
move on the page the way a Great Blue Heron soars through the air? On a 
walk through Oaks Bottom, a birdwatcher's paradise, we'll explore how 
our animal friends might help us write. We'll read examples, and explore 
writing exercises that encourage us to inhabit a space outside our own. 
We'll look for critters, bird watch, and simply walk, leaving time for 
discussion and feedback.

*Upcoming excursions:*
/*July 23*   Fire + Water = Park/ (Mt. Tabor) -- Jesse Morse and Allison 
/*July 30*   A Day at the Library/ (Central Library) -- Nate Orton and 
James Yeary
/*Aug. 6* / /In Response: Poems on Art/ (Pearl District) -- Lisa Radon
/*Aug. 27*  Borrowed Scenery/ (Portland Japanese Garden) -- David Abel
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