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Mountain Writers Series

Writing Workshops 2015 - 2016

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Annie Lighthart

Experimenting with Found Poetry:

A Hands-On Workshop

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

“Found poetry” has often been described as the literary version of a collage:  taking any kind of writing and reworking/re-seeing/re-saying it as poetry. In this workshop, we’ll explore the vibrant possibilities the found poem creates.  We’ll take a close look at a variety of found poems and try our own hand at erasure poems, centos, cut-ups, and others, using lines from books, candy wrappers, instruction manuals, and other seemingly non-poetic sources. Experimenting with found poetry has a way of creating sparks that change the way you see your own writing and process.  Come and play with words:  all levels of experience welcome.

  • Meets: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Cost: $85 (one three-hour Saturday session)
  • Enrollment: Minimum 4; maximum 12
  • Location: Room 23,  Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland OR 

Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project.  Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with students of all ages. She currently lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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Kate Gray

Get Out of the Way of Your Writing

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What does it mean to serve your poem or story? In this workshop you’ll learn tools to develop your voice, propel the plot or metaphors forward, and keep from getting stuck in your process. The session will include guided meditation, examples from published writing, nurturing discussion, and laughter.

  • Date & Time: Saturday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - June 4, 2016
  • Cost: $75  (one three-hour session)
  • Enrollment: Minimum 4; maximum 15
  • Location: Room 23,  Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland OR 

Kate Gray’s first novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) attempts to stare at bullying without blinking. Three published books of poetry keep from totally tumbling into fiction. Volunteering for Write Around Portland, she facilitates writing groups for female inmates in a correctional facility and also leads groups for women veterans. She lives with her partner in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with her sidekicks, Rafi and Wasco, and coaches writing in the Gateless Method.

 

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Marilyn Stablein

Your Legacy, Your Way: Living & Recording the Writer's Life

Saturday, July 9 & 16, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:030 PM 

Your life is your raw material. Inspiration can come from daily life, community, family, friends, history, travel and dreams. We’ll explore sources of poetic and artistic creativity to trigger new writing to share and discuss in a stimulating and supportive environment. Explore meaningful encounters, relationships, concerns and obsessions. Create snapshot-like portraits of people, places, and events. Learn ways to expand in-class sketches and vignettes into short personal essays and creative memoirs. Whether you are a beginning or experienced poet, artist or prose writer you’ll develop skills to uncover and create dynamic writing that reflects your unique life experiences.

  •  Meets: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 16, 2016
  • Cost: $150 (two three-hour Saturday sessions)
  • Enrollment: Minimum 4; maximum 12
  • Location: Room 23,  Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland OR 

Marilyn Stablein's essays and creative nonfiction memoirs have been published in The Sun, The National Enquirer, The Seattle Review, the Kyoto Journal, Zyzzyva, and in anthologies including The Truth About the Territory: Contemporary Nonfiction from the Northwest and Wake Up and Cook: Kitchen Buddhism in Words and Images. Author of 13 books, her memoirs include Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination, a collection of eco-essays set in the Northwest, and Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir, which recounts adventures from a six-year residency in the Himalayas. A new book, Bind, Alter, Fold, catalogs her artist books which she exhibits internationally.

 

 

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Marilyn Stablein

Shadow Box Memoirs: Exploring, Word, Object and Image

Saturday, July 23 & 30, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:030 PM 

Imagery and imagination are essential elements in poetry, prose and art. In this workshop we will explore how art, image and object can inspire creative work. Learn how evocative visual stimuli whether in nature, in a painting, photograph, work of art or a physical setting can trigger deep emotional responses and uncover personal stories to write about.  Inspiration can come from daily life, community, family, history, travel, dreams, concerns and obsessions. Explore the roots of creativity to release inner stories whether in the form of narrative poems, prose poems, flash memoirs or visual journals. Each session will begin with a short illustrated craft talk followed by discussion, in-class writing exercise, sharing writing and individual work on a project that explores word and image. Consider enhancing the project with adding an optional mixed media component e.g. collage, visual poetry, drawings, shadow box assemblage (cabinet of curiosity), personal memorabilia or an illustrated handmade artist book. Open to beginning and experienced writers and artists. 

  • Meets: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, July 30, 2016
  • Cost: $150 (two three-hour Saturday sessions)
  • Enrollment: Minimum 4; maximum 12
  • Location: Room 23,  Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland OR 

Marilyn Stablein, poet, writer, author of a dozen books, has exhibited her collage journals, box assemblages and award-winning artist books at galleries, museums, universities in the U.S. and abroad and in books and journals including Bound and Lettered Magazine, Lark’s 1000 Artist Books and Lark’s 500 Artist Books Series. A new book Bind, Alter, Fold catalogs her artist books. Her book Splitting Hard Ground won the New Mexico Book Award and the National Federation of Press Women book award.

 

 

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Andrea Hollander 


The Lyric Essay: A Writing Workshop

The lyric essay – what innovator John D’Agata calls an oddball genre—combines elements of both poetry and essays, relying on the former in its insistence on compression, form, and the sound and texture of language, and on the latter in its devotion to the process of discovery based on fact. In this workshop we will attempt to define the genre for ourselves not only by reading what others have to say about the craft of nonfiction writing and by examining exemplary essays by established and emerging writers, but also by creating our own essays, sometimes modeled on the work of others and at other times experimenting with our own gestures and forms.

  • Cost:  $385 (Eight three-hour sessions)
  • Meets:  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Wednesdays, September 7 - October 26
  • Enrollment: Maximum 9
  • Location: TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont, Portland 97215)

An award-winning poet and essayist, Andrea Hollander is author of four full-length poetry collections—most recently, Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. She is also the editor of When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women. Her first poetry collection, House without a Dreamer, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Hollander’s other awards include two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and essay), the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the EllipsisPoetry Prize, the RUNES Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Literary Fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts. Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies, college textbooks, and literary journals, and she has been featured at writers' conferences and festivals throughout the United States, as well as in England and France. Before moving to Portland in 2011, Hollander spent 22 years as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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Evan Morgan Williams

Short Story Workshop


6:00 - 9:00 PM, Tuesdays
September 20 - November 15, 2016

 

Through discussion of model stories by authors Raymond Carver, Colette, Kafka, Hemingway, Maile Meloy and others, participants will share and revise short stories in a rigorous but encouraging workshop environment. The focus of this 8-session workshop, designed for a class maximum of 8 participants, will be on the critique, revision, and re-critique of existing stories (i.e., stories written prior to the class). Participants are asked to bring eight copies of an existing story to the first meeting of the class. There will be a one-week hiatus mid session for submission of e-copies.

  • Meets: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM,  Sept. 20—Nov. 15, 2016 - with a one-week break October 18.
  • Location: Cost:  $385 (Eight three-hour sessions) - Register securely online at www.mountainwriters.org.
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 8.
  • Location:  TaborSpace —  5441 SE Belmont, Portland OR 97215

Evan Morgan Williams' collection of stories, Thorn, won the BkMk Press Chandra Prize (University of Missouri- Kansas City) judged by Al Young. Williams has published over forty stories in such magazines as Witness, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, and ZYZZYVA. He has an MFA from the University of Montana, and has taught in a public school for over twenty years. Most recently, he has held a Writers in the Schools residency and an AWP Writer to Writer mentorship. He has stories current in Phantom Drift, The Timberline Review, and Weber: the Contemporary West. He currently lives in Portland.

 

 

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Following a River

Writing & Conference with Gary Miranda

 

                         Freedom is not following a river.
                         Freedom is following a river
                         though, if you want to.

                                             -- William Stafford

These tutoring sessions are intended to help serious poets improve their poems and writing skills through consultation and revision. While individual poems will receive careful attention and thorough feedback, the emphasis will be on finding the poet's overall strengths and weaknesses in an effort to maximize the former and minimize the latter. Gary Miranda likes to think of this in terms of a river: "Some poets need more current, others need more banks." "Banks," he notes, "are a lot easier to learn." 

Students will submit their poems to Mr. Miranda in the week preceding their appointment. Hence, the fee includes tutor preparation to read and annotate the poems, and the individual conference session (an hour) to discuss and suggest directions. These one-on-one writing & conference sessions, by appointment, will be held Wednesdays at the TaborSpace Cafe. Request for other days/hours will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Meets: By appointment, Wednesdays between 10 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Cost:  $385 for 4 individual sessions or $100 per session
  • Location: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland 97215
  • Enrollment: Individual writing-and-conference sessions, by appointment.

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Gary Miranda has taught writing and literature at various colleges and universities, including three years as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Athens in Greece and, as writer-in-residence at Reed College in Portland. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere, and widely anthologized. He has published four collections, one of which, Listeners at the Breathing Place, won the Princeton Contemporary Poetry competition and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also published a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies. His awards include an NEA Fellowship, nine awards from the Poetry Society of America, and an invitation by The Atlantic Monthly to serve as poet-in-residence at the Robert Frost Place in New Hampshire. His poems have been taped for Harvard University’s Lamont Poetry Collection and the Library of Congress Poetry Archive. He lives in Portland.

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