Writing Culture: Experiments with the Letter

03/14/2020 - 9:45am

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: writing, letter writing, english, professional development

District/Organization: Lewis & Clark Graduate School - Center for Community Engagement

Date and Time: Saturdays, March 14 and April 18, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

As Catherine Field once wrote, “A good handwritten letter is a creative act. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do.”

In this workshop, participants will explore the culture of letter-writing. We’ll study the incendiary “letters” written by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates and find inspiration in missives by Lydia Davis, Rainer Maria Rilke and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Together, we will challenge ourselves to write thirty letters in thirty days during the month of April. Participants will be provided with a letter-writing kit from Egg Press, as well as daily prompts throughout the month.

Through writing, reading and discussion, we’ll explore the ways letter-writing can strengthen our writing practices, sharpen our skills of observation, and enrich our classrooms. Participants will come away from the workshop with inspired perspectives, fresh writing, and new ideas to apply toward lesson plans, classrooms and personal practice.

Past participants have shared…
“This was both a retreat and an academic challenge. I appreciate putting value on the written letter and taking time to reflect.”

“Amazing instructor with a wealth of knowledge and connections who facilitated discussions and sharing in an empathetic, attuned and effective way.”

Northwest Writing Institute classes are offered to teachers, counselors, parents, veterans, and all community members interested in the power of stories to help us understand and practice human connections for the good of all.