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Published on January 16, 2018 10:32AM

Picking a form that fits the story will be the topic of Portland author Liz Prato’s workshop at the Willamette Writers’ Coast Branch this Sunday, Jan. 21, in Newport.

Prato, author of the short story collection “Baby’s on Fire,” said all stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure.

“Maybe your story is best told through a document (like a birth certificate or autopsy report), or a PowerPoint presentation, another work of art, an owner’s manual, or a series of recipes,” she said. “In this class, we’ll break out of the standard box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story. The essence of being an artist is exploring not just content, but also form, and this class helps you expand your imaginative boundaries.”

The two-hour session will include lecture and guided writing exercises.

The workshop, which is free and open to all, will start at 2 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NE Nye Street.

For more information, go to http://willamettewriters.com/coast/or.

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