Pen to Paper: The Power of the Notebook

01/26/2019 - 9:00am to 01/27/2019 - 5:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: writing, journal, reading, notebook

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

From Virginia Woolf to Frida Kahlo, writers and artists have long relied on notebooks to chronicle their days, capture ideas in rough form, and shape these thoughts into meaning.

Research shows that writing—and then rewriting—our personal narratives can yield positive outcomes off the page and in our lives. This workshop will focus on the act of keeping a notebook. Together, we will explore this practice and its benefits, from catharsis to invention.

We’ll discuss what it means, in the digital age, to write by hand, and carry a physical notebook. Excerpted readings will include: Barbara Ehrenreich, Alice Walker, Joan Didion and more.

Students will come away with prompts and tools to maintain the practice of keeping a notebook.

Offered as a Northwest Writing Institute Special Studies course, this course uses writing as a tool for inquiry and creative expression. Taught with varying emphases based on the cultural moment, this course offer participants the opportunity to write, reflect on the chapters of their life, and investigate how the practice of writing can deepen their vocation.