CLASSES & EVENTS
MEMOIR: Constellations, childhood, eros, loss
We will examine approaches to short-form memoir using models by Ron Hansen, Helen Macdonald, Joseph Conrad, Marguerite Duras and Vladimir Nabokov, among others. Guided discussions on technique, including ways to make an end run around some missing facts. Class includes written exercises; assigned essays for study; informal in-class critique of student work; mutual support and encouragement. Students submit two short works and one revision. Workshop format; limited to 8 students. Class meets at instructor’s apartment near east end of the Broadway Bridge. Ten Tuesday nights, February 28-May 2, 2017. Workshop format, limited to 8 students. $355 includes packet of sample articles
To register: send $55 deposit to Martha Gies, 2109 NE Rodney Avenue, Portland 97212.
STORY: Elements of Narrative Art
Workshop format, limited to 8 students
Tuesday nights, September 27-December 6, 2016
THIS CLASS IS FULL
TEN DAYS ABROAD
This workshop is designed to capture that combination of alertness and curiosity that is the traveler's special state of mind, and use it to heighten the classroom experience. We began Traveler's Mind in the state of Veracruz, where tropical coastal lowlands curve around the Gulf of Mexico and rise quickly to jungled forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental. Since that first workshop in 2000, we have taken writers to the colorful, raucous and historic port of Veracruz; to the lazy river town of Tlacotalpan, with its brightly painted houses and Arabic-style arcades; and to Papantla, the center of Totonac culture, where we held workshops during the Day of the Dead and the Fiesta de Guadalupe.
We have since ranged beyond the borders of Mexico: to Fort Cochin, Kerala, to the old Colonial capital of Sucre, Bolivia, and to the ramshackle hills of Valparaíso, on Chile's central coast. We traced the life of Federico García Lorca in Granada, traveled to Jodhpur in desert Rajasthan, and worked in the luminous white city of Cádiz, off Spain’s southwest coast. We have found that by traveling beyond the familiar surroundings of home, students can devote their undivided energy to cultivating the habits of close observation and a disciplined writing life.
Always limited to 10 students.
July 6-16, 2017 - Villa de Leyva & Bogotá, Colombia February 2018 - Kolkata, India; March 2019 - Argentina