Visiting Writers

Our vision is to bring more mammals toward their own creative bodies of work, whether that means writing or living. We believe in collaboration as much as we believe in the creative process being life sustaining, so we love to work with other people who feel that way too. We hope to bring a wide variety of voices, stories and styles to our community, but you can count on none of our workshops being lead in the traditional, top-down guru style. Thank you for sharing your artistic practice with us. 

Diving Deep into Scene: find the hidden treasure in your narrative


Suzy Vitello

Suzy, as the long-time coordinator of a robust weekly writing workshop whose members include Chuck Palahniuk, Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and others, is committed to writing about love in all of its guises, styles and languages. Suzy’s novels include THE MOMENT BEFORE, and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES, and the second in the Empress Series, THE KEEPSAKE.

Workshop Leader: Suzy Vitello


3/9/18: 12:00 - 7:00 (w/ an hour and a half dinner break)

3/10/18: 10:00 - 4:00 (w/ an hour and a half lunch break)

3/11/18: 10:00 - 4:00 (w/an hour and a half lunch break)

Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $350

This is a revision workshop, and you will be instructed ahead of time to bring existing writing with you. Our goal will be to take a scene from your narrative nonfiction or fiction and blow it up, go deeper, find more voices and particularity. Each day we will delve into a variety of published literary passages to dissect and discuss narrative options, voice, and scene, and how they work in concert to produce satisfying writing. Then we will turn to our own passages for prompts and targeted exercises, then sharing to discuss how to open our writing, where to unpack, and find what promising new directions reveal themselves.


Janice Lee

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Editor/Publisher of the imprint #RECURRENT for Civil Coping Mechanisms, Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, and Assistant Editor at Fanzine. After living for over 30 years in California, she recently moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Portland State University.


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Memory Space: On Inherited Trauma & the Failure of Language

Workshop Leader: Janice Lee


5/5/18: 1:00 - 4:00

5/6/18: 1:00 - 4:00

Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $225

How do we reconcile personal experience with historical fact? How do we reconcile history with memory? How do we reconcile truths with other truths? How does writing open up space while processing trauma or grief? 

We will explore the articulation of personal experience, identity, and trauma (both lived & inherited) and look at the relationship of personal history & identity with aesthetics & narrative.We will explore how the presence of unresolved corporeal history and the impossibility of articulation or expression leads to new encounters in language and narrative via various aesthetic writing practices.

Questions will include how history and accuracy intersect in individual creative work, how emotional and real violence intersect with aesthetic contradiction, how the limits and failures of language allow for reaching beyond traditional narrative structures, how lived experience intersects with individual identity, how memories of trauma are constructed and reconstructed, how trauma and memory might be disruptive to identity and narrative, and aesthetic relationships and ethical questions related to writing trauma and personal experience. 

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