Welcome to the IPRC in Portland, OR

Mon - Fri:  12noon – 9pm
Saturday:  12noon – 6pm
Sunday:  12noon – 9pm

About Hours: If there is no one around by 8pm on weeknights, the volunteer staff is free to leave, so be sure to arrive by 8pm. There should be no problem getting in, as the front door is equipped with a buzzer system for post-business hours.

1001 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon
97202 USA

(503) 827-0249  |  info@iprc.org

Low-Residency Program

The IPRC's Low-Residency Program 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.
Course Outline:
  • A weeklong writing workshop at the IPRC's 4,000 sq. ft. creative wonderland in Portland, Oregon (August 24-30, 2015).
  • Convenient, correspondence-based writing workshops with Justin Hocking, A.M. O'Malley, and others (September through Mid-December, 2015).
  • Optional training in book arts, letterpress printing, and graphic design.
  • Optional college credit from the University of Oregon.
Program Description:

The IPRC's traditional Certificate Program has been going strong for almost six years now. Based on the success of the Certificate Program, we're highly enthusiastic about launching this new Low Residency version in late summer 2015, so that we can accommodate students who live outside the Portland area, and/or local students who prefer this alternative format.

The Low Residency program will begin with a weeklong residency here at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in late August 2015. Students are invited for a reception on the night of Sunday, August 24th. Following that, we'll host daily writing workshops, craft seminars, letterpress-printing intensives, and guest lectures throughout the week of August 25 through August 29th, culminating with a group reading/celebration on Saturday August 30th.

From September through mid-December, the writing workshop will continue via correspondence.

For those interested in publishing & production, we'll offer another weeklong residency at the IPRC beginning on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Holiday in late January 2016. This particular residency will empower students to publish the work they've generated during the workshop by providing them with training in Book Arts, letterpress printing, screenprinting, graphic design & digital publishing.

Students will be responsible for acquiring their own accommodations and food during the weeklong residencies in Portland.

Cost for the August residency and the Fall 2015 correspondence-based workshop is $875. The optional production workshop in late January 2016 will be in the the $350 price range.

The application process for the program is quite simple. We ask that students download and complete the pdf application form available on the "Certificate Application" page, and also send a writing sample in the genre of their choice (Fiction/Nonfiction or Poetry). Applicants should also please write "Low Residency Program Applicant" at the top of the application form. Applications are due by July 31st, 2015, but early application is highly encouraged.

For further information please contact justin@iprc.org.

Instructor and Guest Lecturer Bios

Justin Hocking was hired as the IPRC's Executive Director in the fall of 2006. 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.