Christopher Luna’s Summer 2019 Creative Writing Workshops [UPDATED JUNE 30, 2019]

Clark County, WA’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna will lead a series of classes and workshops this summer. Most of these occur year-round. The best way to stay up-to-date on his activities is to sign up to receive The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Portland and Southwest Washington: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

Christopher looking sideways at Julian Nelson December 2016
Christopher Luna by Julian Nelson

According to Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning poetry writing class at Multnomah Arts Center, “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.”

Please note that Christopher Luna’s Poetry Matters class at Clark College has been canceled.  

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

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Mondays from 10am – 12:30pm:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-writing/109153

Jun 17, 2019 to Aug 19, 2019

Except:
Mon, Jun 24, 2019
Mon, Aug 5, 2019

OR

Mondays from 1:00 – 3:30 pm:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-writing/109154

Jun 17, 2019 to Aug 19, 2019

Except:
Mon, Jun 24, 2019
Mon, Aug 5, 2019

MEMOIR WRITING

Clark College Economic & Community Development
500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660
Metered Parking: $ 0.50 / hr

Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:20 pm July 9 – August 27: Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Memoir is a powerful way to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all human beings. See yourself as a part of history, documenting the story of your life.

For more information or to register, visit:

https://ecd.clark.edu/classes/class.php?SKU=9417

POETRY MATTERS [CANCELED]

Clark College Economic & Community Development
500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660
Metered Parking: $ 0.50 / hr

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry

1:00-3:20pm

Saturdays July 27, August 3, August 17, and August 24

Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Ages 16 and over.

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Christopher is also offering a new eight-week workshop/writers group called Writing Your Life Story at Angst Gallery on Thursdays from 10:30am – 1:00pm.

Document your memories for your family or for possible future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment. Christopher will introduce the participants to the techniques of creative nonfiction storytelling which uses the content of one’s life as the foundation for narrative. He will introduce current examples in popular nonfiction and memoir to assist the process. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing in a safe environment (no one will be required to share their stories) with the option of receiving feedback from the facilitator and other students. We will work to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful storytelling in written form,
2) create a living document for yourself, your family, or others,
3) delve into or build upon your written skills.

Bring your ideas, notes, paper, and pen/pencil (no books required).

Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to ten (10) participants.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

REGISTER AT ANGST on Wednesdays from noon til four OR email printedmattervancouver@gmail.com to set up a time to register.

2019 Dates

July 11 – August 29
Oct 3 – Nov 21

THE WORK

Christopher also facilitates a poetry writing workshop known as The Work, from 11:30-2:00 on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre). Doors open at 11:15 so that you can purchase, coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages from Niche and grab a snack. The workshop begins at 11:30.

The Work 2017 Stein

“Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work?
To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.”
― Allen Ginsberg, “Memory Gardens” (Fall of America, City Lights)

The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together. Each workshop will feature at least three timed writing exercises.

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Shareable snacks are also welcome and very much appreciated.

Upcoming 2019 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on June 1, July 13, and August 10.

Note: From May through September, Niche will open early for Saturday afternoon wine tastings from 2-4.

The wine tastings will take place immediately after The Work.

There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place on the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street).

Upcoming 2019 Monday evening workshops will take place on June 24, July 15 & 29, and August 12 & 26.

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher an email via printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

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