Poetry Writing: Poems for a Better Nation

02/06/2019 - 4:30pm to 03/06/2019 - 7:15pm

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

Content areas: All Content Areas, Other, Professional Development, Reading

Topics: writing, Poetry

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School, Oregon Writing Project

Dates: Wednesdays, February, 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 2019 Time: 4:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs, PDUs, or Washington Clock Hours. Also offered for one semester hour of Graduate Continuing education and Degree-applicable credit.

We’re all in a hurry, but sometimes an idea, a scrap of story, a friend’s question, or some other morsel of language from the world longs to become a song, a poem, half a poem—longs to catch something mysterious about this life. In this Oregon Writing Project course, we will celebrate the winsome habit of poetry to turn small discoveries into the half-page where we say much in a few words. We’ll read lively texts, start many lyric experiments, and talk along the way about how to share this quirky and welcoming form of writing with students and friends.

No previous experience is necessary for participation in this course, which is open to all teachers and writers.

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project.

About the Instructor Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute which offers courses for teachers and writers, and the author of a dozen books, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. In 2018, he was named by Governor Kate Brown as Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate, and will tour the state in 2018-2020, offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.