Pinewood Table Classes

Stevan and Joanna have been teaching together for more years than they can remember. We tried for a long time to think of a clever name for our enterprise, and while we were thinking, people started calling it The Pinewood Table. We like objects, and nouns, and we already had the table, so that’s what we call it now.

There are two classes–a day class and a night class, both on Tuesdays. Check with us for the exact times. There is a nominal fee involved. Sessions are a month long, but anyone can join at anytime and that nominal fee gets pro-rated. A drop-by visit is a good way to see how it all happens.

We sit around the eponymous table with other writers and talk about sentences and words and how they pile up to become characters and stories. The other writers tend to be a fluid group, but Stevan and Joanna are always there. This little party has been going on since the nineties. This talk is about the words and the sentences and the white space in the pages the other writers bring. People who sit around the table write long stories and short stories and poems, which get turned over like shiny rocks with cool bugs hiding underneath. We like to say a story is a story is a story, so we don’t make much of a distinction between the ones written from memory and the ones written from imagination. We leave worrying about the difference between fiction and non-fiction to philosophers and critics, which we are not.

You can find us on Facebook at The Pinewood Table, and we like it if you like us. You can email us directly using the links below.


The next Intentional Ducati will be held in the Seychelles, provided the grant comes through.

Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred occasionally lead workshops on various topics, sometimes at the Oregon Coast and sometimes in Portland. They talk about the Hero's Journey and how it has fractaled its way into contemporary writing. They examine different aspects of writing such as Voice, Objects, or the way a writing form can deepen a writer's own exploration of her or his materials. Always they use film and various prose and poetry forms to help writers develop a sense of playfulness about their own writing processes. From that sense of play comes a renewal of the writer's energies, and the chance of discovering new depths in their own work.
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