With instruction from many of Portland’s finest poets, writers, art book practitioners, comics artists, printmakers and designers, Certificate Program students produce an edition of original work over the course of the year. Students spend the first semester generating a body of creative work, and in the second semester learn the production skills required to design, produce and bind their finished chapbooks, zines, or art books.
The program’s main objectives are to help each student develop their own voice, and foster a lasting and sustainable creative practice. The Certificate Program was envisioned as an alternative to traditional MFA programs, which often either require relocation, or are prohibitively expensive. The IPRC’s program, in contrast, was designed to integrate seamlessly with the busy lives of working artists and writers, and is a significantly lower-cost offering.
We strive to make our workshops student-centered and discussion-based, with curriculum attuned to contemporary discourse in the literary and independent publishing communities. We commit to equity and inclusion as central motivators for our work, and view social justice as inseparable from creative expression. The values of the Certificate Program are deeply informed by the IPRC’s Mission & Equity Statements.
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