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Dreaming Surrealist Histories

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm












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Workshop Description: Dreams cohere & dissolve in the same event. They mean what they are in the moment of occurrence, only later burdened with interpretation. In this way the logics of dreams relate to the logics of history. Because isn’t history always a bit of a fantasy? A dream-state imposed by those writing the history books?

In this workshop we will discuss dream logic as a conscious & intentional writing-tool, & how its strategies can be used to invent new histories of the places we inhabit & love. We will read some work by others & discuss the rhetorics of dreams & relating dreams. Then we will go out into the neighborhood around the IPRC to explore & excavate the dreaming histories embedded in the buildings & hidden in the beaches beneath the paving stones, reporting back on our dreamt histories of Portland.

This workshop is open to writers working in all genres, & at all levels of writerly experience. The goals are to explore a few new writing tools, join together with like-minded dream-explorers in temporary community, & to have fun writing a few new works & reinventing the city.

Teaching Artist: Mathias Svalina

Class Fee:
$45 – $100 Sliding Scale
2 no-cost spots available; BIPOC & 2S prioritized

Covid Safer Policy: This event is in-person; Masks & Proof of Vaccination + Booster Required. More about the IPRC’s Covid-Safer Guidelines here; reach out to info@iprc.org with questions re: medical exemption.

Sensory Note: for anyone experiencing audio or visual sensitivity, please note that the IPRC is situated under a skatepark, which creates occasional disruptive background noise, and the lighting in the studio and classroom space is primarily fluorescent. We do have ear plugs available for members.

Access Note:
Masks required
7 steps to enter from Main St.
Ramp access at 331 SE Madison (call 503-827-0249)


May 4
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Independent Publishing Resource Center Classroom & Zine Library
318 SE Main St.
Ste. 145, OR 97214 United States
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