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5 Best Creative Writing Classes in Portland

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This directory of creative writing courses will help you find the right class for you. Simply filter by genre, price, and location to find the writing class that best fits your needs.

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Fiction Intensive

Literary Arts


Running from February 3 to April 27, 2024, this 12-week online workshop focuses on generating and developing narratives for short stories or novels. Participants will delve into various elements of fiction, including character development, plot, and pacing. The course includes writing prompts, mentor text discussions, and a one-on-one meeting with the instructor, Radhika Sharma. It is an ideal opportunity for those looking to deepen their understanding of fiction writing.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Portland

Categories: Fiction

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Price: $565.00

Start date: February, 2024

Website: https://literary-arts.org/event/fiction-intensive/

So, You Wanna Be A Writer

Attic Institute


Scheduled from February 20 to March 19, this online workshop focuses on overcoming the self-doubt many emerging writers face. It provides a supportive environment to explore writing interests, share work, and receive constructive feedback. The course, led by Wayne Gregory, is designed for up to 15 participants and includes 10 hours of instruction over Zoom. Early registration discounts are available.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Portland

Categories: Book, Fiction, Short Story

Level: Any

Class size: 14

Price: $274.00

Start date: February, 2024

Website: http://atticinstitute.com/node/2792


The lyric essay is a form that allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry, a bit of imagination; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments in response to prompts, and then braid them together into essays.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Portland

Categories: Essay

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Price: $195.00

Start date: November, 2023

Website: https://literary-arts.org/event/the-lyric-essay-braiding-...

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Throughout history, writers have used lyrical techniques to access states of consciousness we associate with grief. Lyrical writing prioritizes music, rhythm, and emotion over the narrative arc. The goal of this course is to find entry into writing through reading, conversation,and various prompts and exercises to catalyze memory and thinking.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Portland

Categories: Essay

Level: Any

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $135.00

Start date: October, 2023

Website: https://literary-arts.org/event/grief-and-the-lyric-essay/


Have you wanted to experiment with short form creative writing? Our focus for five weeks will be deliberate economy of language — whether you want to try flash fiction, short essay, prose poems, or hybrid. Each week, we’ll do a writing exercise together, a short reading, and look at workshop submissions, with discussions of craft, as well as generative writing prompts that will serve as portals to new terrains for your writing.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Portland

Categories: Book, Essay, Short Story, Memoir

Level: Any

Course length: 5 (2 hours)

Class size: 14

Price: $283.00

Start date: November, 2023

Website: http://atticinstitute.com/node/2807

So you’re looking for creative writing classes in Portland

What do Cheryl Strayed and Chuck Palahniuk have in common? Both of their wildly different—and wildly popular books—couldn’t have been written without Portland. Born a few hours out of Portland, Palahniuk derived much inspiration from the Northwest while writing Fight Club, while Strayed’s Wild is set along the Pacific Crest Trail itself. So if you, too, are searching for a creative writing class in Portland, you’d be joining a storied literary club.

This directory of the best writing courses in Portland is meant to help you locate the right one for yourself.  We’ve included filters for price and genre so that you can quickly sort through the writing classes. And before you commit to any one writing class, consider the following questions:

  • Who is the instructor?
  • What is the price of the writing course?
  • How far away is the writing course in Portland? Is there a remote alternative?
  • How long could the course last?

Got any questions about finding the right writing class in Portland for you? Feel free to reach out to us at service@reedsy.com. Good luck!

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