CLASS CANCELED:::Writing As Witness

Canceled due to lack of enrollment.


What is the writer’s, teacher’s, or citizen’s role in bearing witness? How do we observe, record, and interpret events from the everyday to the unspeakable?

In this workshop, we’ll explore a continuum of creative nonfiction including literary journalism, essay, and memoir. We’ll write from our own observations of cultural life, exploring ethical issues as well as style, voice, and literary form.


This class will be facilitated by A.M. O’Malley , Ms. O’Malley has recently been published in The Newer York, Unshod Quills, The Nervous Breakdown, Jerkpoet, Poor Claudia, Phenome, UnShod Quills, The Burnside Review and The Portland Review.  Ms. O’Malley’s first full length book of hybrid poem-memoir What to Expect When You’re Expecting Something Else will be published on University of Hell Press in 2015. She is a Literary Arts Writers in the Schools teaching artist, a Young Audiences Teaching Artist Studio graduate, a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant recipient and winner of the 2014 Skidmore Prize. In 2012, Ms. O’Malley started a writing and publishing program at the Columbia River Correctional Institution and goes there every Tuesday night to teach writing to incarcerated men. She also teaches writing, collage art and self-publishing at Portland Community College and helps run a monthly collage night with the collage artist and writer Kevin Sampsell. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon where she is the Program Director at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.


$5-10 sliding scale


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This class is sponsored in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council