Creative Writing Workshops

Christopher with Ginsbergs Collected by Julian Nelson December 2016
Christopher Luna photographed by Julian Nelson

Christopher Luna leads creative writing workshops and classes 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:

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

Here are a few links to help you find Christopher’s ongoing workshops and classes:

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center, Mondays from 10am-12:30pm or 1:00-3:30pm:


Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesday OR Thursday from 1:00-3:20pm:

The Work 2017 Make Poetry Your Life

Christopher also facilitates a writing workshop, also known as The Work, from 11:30-2:30 on the second Saturday of the month at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre). There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place at Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street). Beginning in January 2019, this workshop will take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

“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 can 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.

$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 January 12, February 9, March 2, April 13, and May 11.

Upcoming 2019 Monday evening workshops will take place on January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 15 & 29, May 13, June 10 & 24.

earth magic by christopher luna version 2 edit

Christopher will also be leading a one-day workshop at Treesong Nature Awareness and Research Center on April 27, 2019.

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