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: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

According to Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning workshop at Multnomah Arts Center, “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.” Another poet, Lucinda Sisson, recently commented: “Christopher Luna has an extraordinary gift of validating others. In teaching, this is invaluable. In life, a precious force.”

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

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

Mondays from 10 am – 12:30 pm or 1:00 – 3:30 pm:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search

OR

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/

MEMOIR WRITING

Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:20 pm:

https://ecd.clark.edu/mature-learning/index.php

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

Christopher also offers an eight-week memoir workshop/writers group called Writing Your Life Story at Niche Wine Bar on Thursdays from 10:15 am – 1:15 pm.

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).

2020 Dates

May 7 through June 25
July 9 through August 27
October 1 through November 19

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

Where: Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660

When: Thursdays 10:15 am – 1:15 pm

What: 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.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

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

THE WORK

The Work 2017 Make Poetry Your Life

Christopher also facilitates a writing workshop, also known as The Work, from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm 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 11:00 so that you can purchase, coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages from Niche and grab a snack. The workshop begins at 11:30.

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).

“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 2020 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on March 14, April 11, and May 9.

Upcoming 2020 Monday evening workshops will take place on April 6 & 20 and May 11.

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.