[Online] The Practice of Writing: Testimony for Strange Times

04/03/2021 - 9:00am to 04/04/2021 - 5:00pm

Grade levels: Professional Development

Pandemic, protest, fire, and politics—the daily news inflicts attrition because it is incomplete. It often gives hard facts without clear thought or consolation. A writing practice can ease this injury, providing ways to “talk back to all that darkness” by exploring questions in brief essays, mysteries in poems, alternate perspectives in blogs, and other scribbled ways to connect what we experience to what we say.

This course is for writers interested in pushing their practice in multiple directions, and for teachers who want to engage the widest variety of student writers.

We 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.

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 toured the state for two years, offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.

Registration: Noncredit - $250, includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. Also offered for one semester hour of graduate continuing education credit