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Mountain Writers Series

Writing Workshops 2018

 

 

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John Brehm

 

The Poetry of Praise

 

In this six-week workshop, we'll focus on reading and writing poems that draw on one of poetry's most enduring and life-giving impulses: to praise, to honor, to pay homage, to exalt. We'll use weekly prompts as well as examples fron Gerard Manly Hopkins, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hass, Denise Levertov, A.R. Ammons, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Ellen Bass and others, to cultivate the power of praise in our own work.


  • Meets: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Tuesdays, August 21 – September 25, 2018
  • Cost:  $300 (Six three-hour sessions)
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 12.
  • Location: Room 23, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland

John Brehm is the author of two books of poetry: Sea of Faith and Help Is on the Way, both from the University of Wisconsin Press. Brehm is the associate editor for The Oxford Book of American Poetry (OUP, 2006), and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy (Wisdom, 2017).  His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, The Sun, New Ohio Review, The Best American Poetry 1999 & 2017, and many other journals and anthologies. He has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, and Portland State University and received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and Yaddo. 



 

 

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Carl Adamshick

 

Poems as Modes of Expression

 

This workshop will focus on understanding poems as modes of expression. Pindar praised athletes in an outrageously hyperbolized manner, and his invention of the ode, simply understood as a poem of praise, is a form, a mode that poets still utilize. One just needs to think of Neruda. The class will write, not poems of formalized structure like sonnet, haiku, villanelle or pantoum, but poems with a mode and governing purpose like elegies, odes, aubades, blazons and epithalamiums. We will pick, choose and invent our own modes of expression and then ascribe different tones and feelings to each mode.


  • Meets: Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, October 1 - 22, 2018
  • Cost:  $240 (Four three-hour sessions)
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 12.
  • Location: Room 23, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland

 

Carl Adamshick is the author of Curses and Wishes, which won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets, and Saint Friend. His most recent book, Receipt, is a collaboration with Andy Buck is a sculptor and furniture designer who lives and works in upstate New York. Adamshick is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a nonprofit press dedicated to poetry and the preservation of books. Twice a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, he has received an Oregon Literary Felllowship and served as the William Stafford poet-in-residence at Lewis and Clark College. He lives and works in Portland.



 

 

 

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Gina Ochsner

 

Fiction Writing Workshop

 

Fiction Intensive:

Creating Compelling Characters, Fueling Narrative Conflict, and Finding Your Voice

 

This five-week course will focus on both craft and process.  In the first  three sessions we will divide our time between idea generation/new material development and examinations of  how elements like character, setting, imagery, scene and dialogue can not only shape but push stories (or novel chapters) forward.  The last session will be primarily devoted to critiquing/providing commentary on the works generated by participants.  This class is designed for writers of any experience level.  My only assumption I will make about you, your work, or your writerly interests is that you are curious about writing and want to learn more.


  • Meets: Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, September 27 - November 25, 2018
  • Cost:  $250 (Five-week workshop)
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 12.
  • Location: Room 23, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland

 

Gina Ochsner is the author of two novels: The Russion Dreambook of Colour and Flight (2009) and The Hidden Letters of Velta B (2016). She has also published two short story collections: The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and People I Wanted To Be. Both collections were awarded the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. Ochsner has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Gina Ochsner lives in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon and teaches writing and literature at Corban University and with Seattle Pacific’s Low Residency MFA program.



 

 

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Gay Monteverde

 

Writing for the Stage

 

Writing for the Stage. This is a beginning playwriting workshop for the eager amateur, the emerging professional, or the curious writer exploring a new medium. No previous experience with playwriting necessary (although it's good if you've seen some plays). We will read and discuss plot, character, dialogue, theme, spectacle and pace, as we write and workshop scenes and scripts.

  • Meets: By appointment
  • Cost:  $290 for 4 individual sessions or $75 per session
  • Location: TBA
  • Enrollment: Individual writing-and-conference sessions, by appointment.

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Gay Monteverde is the author of two published plays: Harriet Tubman: An American Moses (a finalist for the American Alliance of Theater and Education's Best New Play Award) and The Arabian Nights (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award's Angus Bowmer Award for Drama). Both plays premiered in Portland, are published by Playscripts, Inc. in New York City, and have had productions in locations as far-ranging as Tasmania and Kentucky. Gay's third play, a contemporary comedy based on Pride and Prejudice, is looking for a theater company. Her fourth play is coming soon. Gay's third play was part of HART's recent Page to Stage showcase. She teaches writing at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Register securely online through Paypal at www.mountainwriters.org or send check payable Mountain Writers to 2804 SE 27th, #2, Portland, OR 97202.

Online registration: fill in amount on PayPal website, indicating in "Add special instructions . . . " your enrollment preference: instructor, number of sessions, etc.

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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