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 offerings is to register to receive The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

The schedule below applies to workshops offered from June through December 2022. All items are subject to change. Visit this page for updates.

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, comments: “Christopher Luna has an extraordinary gift of validating others. In teaching, this is invaluable. In life, a precious force.”

About his most recent book of poetry, Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous (co-authored with his son Angelo for The Poetry Box), Christopher’s former teacher Lisa Jarnot writes that “Christopher Luna is a true heir to the Beat and New York School traditions of candor and grandeur.”

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

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

MORE INFO COMING SOON

10 am – 12:30 Mondays
October – December 2022
MAC – Room 07
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.

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Note: From June 6 – September 19, Christopher will lead two Monday workshops on Zoom from 10-12:30 and 2-4:30pm. While these workshops are for MAC Writers, others are most welcome to join us. Contact Christopher Luna at printedmattervancouver@gmail.com to learn more about how to participate.

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 June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10.

2022 Monday evening workshops will take place on June 13 & 27, July 11 & 18, August 8 & 22, September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19.

MEMOIR WRITING on Zoom

Tuesday Afternoons from 1-4.

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

Cost: $200 (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

June 28 – August 30 (No class July 26, August 2)

October 3 – November 22 

MEMOIR WRITING AT MULTNOMAH ARTS CENTER

MORE INFO COMING SOON

Mondays

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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.