LITERARY ARTS with CCA

Columbia Center for the Arts offers innovative programs in the literary arts ranging from Plein Air Writing to the summertime Writers In Residence program to storytelling workshops to readings with local authors.

Writing Up the Gorge
In 2016, we hosted the Writing Up the Gorge event where writers visited five Gorge locations for outdoor inspiration, creative energy, and peaceful connection with the phenomena they record. The locations were chosen specifically for writers to spark their imagination, and included Husum Bed & Breakfast, Cascade Locks Waterfront Park, The Hutson Museum, Analemma Winery, and WAAAM. An anthology will soon be available and we plan to make this an annual event

In 2017, we will host Writing Up the Gorge from September 17-23 at five Gorge wineries, which we are currently selecting. Writers will be encouraged to write outdoors or indoors at their tasting rooms and to let the delectable sensory experience fuel their creative energy. The selected works will be displayed in our October Exhibition with an open reading on Friday, October 6.

A Thousand Words: Visual Artists’ Responses to Literary Works
If you’re a writer, author, poet, storyteller, journalist, or dream of making it big in the literary world, you should check out our October 2017 Gallery Exhibition, A Thousand Words. We welcome visual artists of all mediums to provide their creative responses to literary works and encourage you to consider partnering with your favorite creative soul! Check out more information about that Exhibition here.

Writers Workshops


Enjoy our past Plein Air & Writing Up the Gorge literary anthologies here.

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