[Online] Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford: Writing Practice in a Time of Change

12/05/2020 - 9:00am to 12/06/2020 - 5:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas, Professional Development

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

In a time when wars don’t stop, when pandemic strikes, jobs end, climate shifts, and life needs constant reinvention, your daily writing practice can be a way to navigate change and sustain the spirit.

Inspired by the 50-year writing practice of William Stafford, this online workshop will include reading of classic poems and responding to writing prompts designed to deepen your own process for creation.

We will delve into sources for starting, ways of revising, responding to work in progress, and sending forth our testimony to a world hungry for meaning. Open to all levels of experience.

The class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.

Past Participants Have Said:

“Connecting with the Stafford way of writing and viewing the world was so valuable. Working with a supportive, accepting instructor and group of participants restored my enthusiasm about starting a regular writing practice.”

“I appreciated Kim’s inclusiveness, deep knowledge, and writing skills, but mostly his ability to convey to each of us that we are writers.”

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) 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.

Please note: Registration for all online offerings will close one week prior to the workshop/course start date.


Date and Time: Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Cost: $250, includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. Also offered for graduate-level continuing education credit.


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.