Creative Writing Workshops

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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 offerings is to register to receive The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area: 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, commented: “Christopher Luna has an extraordinary gift of validating others. In teaching, this is invaluable. In life, a precious force.”

Due to the pandemic, most classes are offered online. Christopher looks forward to meeting with students in person again when it becomes safe to do so.

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

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

Poetry Writing with Christopher Luna

Ages 16 & Up

Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting.

1142546 Mon. 10 am – 12:30 pm

Jan. 3 – Mar. 7 $200 [8 Classes]*

*No Class 1/17 & 2/21

Click to access MAC_Winter-Term-2022-Catalog.pdf

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THE WORK Poetry Workshop on Zoom

“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)

Christopher facilitates a poetry writing workshop from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month.

There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place from 6:00 – 8:30 pm on the second and fourth Monday of the month, except where noted.

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 payable via PayPal (christopherjluna@gmail.com).

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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

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2022 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11. July through December dates TBA.

2022 Monday evening workshops will take place on January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, and June 13 & 27. July through December dates TBA.

MEMOIR WRITING on Zoom

Tuesday Afternoons from one til four

Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to six participants.

Cost: $225 (check or PayPal)

Document your memories for your family or for future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment. This workshop will help participants to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful nonfiction storytelling
2) create a document of your life story for yourself, your family, or others
3) discover and/or develop your writing skills

2022 Dates

Tuesday Memoir Writing

January 4 – February 22
March 1 – April 19
May 3 – June 21

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.