Fiction / Non-Fiction
The IPRC's Fiction/Nonfiction track is one of the most innovative creative writing programs in the country, featuring the unique combination of graduate-level writing workshops plus intensive training in Book Arts, graphic design, digital publishing and more.
As tectonic shifts rock the entire publishing industry , the IPRC empowers a new generation of writers to create and publish their own work.
Fall Semester 2014:
- Core Creative Writing Workshop with instructor/IPRC Director Justin Hocking and/or IPRC Program Coordinator A.M. O'Malley. Will meet once a week for 3 hours.
- Intro intensive weekend with Justin Hocking, A.M. O'Malley, and Kevin Sampsell.
- Past guest lectures have been taught by Kevin Sampsell, Cheryl Strayed, Jon Raymond, Arthur Bradford, Vanessa Veselka and others.
Spring Semester 2015:
- Intensive workshop in Production, Design, and Book Arts facilitated by Michael D'Alessandro. Will meet once a week for 2-3 hours. Final project will be a book or chapbook, self-published and perfect-bound at the IPRC.
Spring Semester for Fiction/Nonfiction will also include:
- Intro + Advanced letterpress workshops
- Screenprinting workshop (taught in the IPRC's new screenprinting studio)
- Beginning and Advanced InDesign instruction
- Perfect-binding machine workshop
- E-Book creation and publication with Natalie Guidry
- Webdesign + social media instruction
*Note: This schedule is subject to change
Instructor and Guest Lecturer Bios
Justin Hocking is the Certificate Program Chairperson. He has an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University, where he also taught as an instructor of writing and literature. Before coming to the IPRC, he worked in the New York City publishing industry. He is the author of numerous zines and thirteen books, including Life and Limb (Editor, Soft Skull Press 2004) and Beach 90th (Swift Season Press 2009). His writing has also appeared in Orion, Open City, the Portland Noir Anthology, Concrete Wave, Travel Oregon, The Normal School, Foulweather and others. His memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, was published by Graywolf Press in early 2014. Wonderworld was a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers selection, and named as one of "Ten Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One" by The Huffington Post and Kirkus Reviews. In 2014, Hocking was awarded a Willamette Writers' Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing, writing and teaching, and also selected as one of "Ten Writers Who Made Portland" by Willamette Week. Along with his work via the IPRC, he is a Co-Founder of the Wilderness Writing MFA Program at Eastern Oregon University.
A.M. O'Malley is the Program Coordinator at the IPRC. She has been self-publishing for over 18 years and has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. A.M. teaches media literacy, creative writing, and zines to students aged 8-80 as part of the IPRC's Outreach program. She recently self-published an anthology of her zines entitled Take a Picture it Lasts Longer.
Kevin Sampsell (Guest Lecturer) is a writer, editor, and publisher. His press, Future Tense Books, has been discovering writers and publishing acclaimed books for over twenty years. He also oversees the small press section at Powell's Books. His memoir,A Common Pornography, was published by Harper Collins in 2010 and his novel,This Is Between Us, came out through Tin House Books, in 2013. He writes a column on collage art called Paper Trumpets on therumpus.net.
Arthur Bradford (Past Guest Lecturer) is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Dogwalker. He has won an O. Henry Award and has had stories published in McSweeney's, Esquire, Zoetrope and Bomb. Since 2006 he has served as the director for Camp Jabberwocky, the longest running sleepover camp for adults with disabilities. He was also the director of the MTV series "How's Your News?"
Vanessa Veselka (Past Guest Lecturer) has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, an expatriate, an independent record label owner, a train-hopper, a waitress, and a mother. Her work has appeared in Arthur, Bust, Bitch, Maximum RockNRoll, and elsewhere. Zazen is her first novel.
Cheryl Strayed (Past Guest Lecturer) is the author of the novel Torch, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006 and the memoir Wild, which is a New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked about books of 2012. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Sun, Allure, Brain, Child and other places and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. She is also the author of the popular "Dear Sugar" column on the literary website The Rumpus.
Jon Raymond (Past Guest Lecturer) is the author of the novel The Half Life and the short story collection Livability, which won the Oregon Book Award in 2009. He also co-wrote the screenplays for the acclaimed films Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, and Meek's Cutoff.