Finding Focus: Writing to Reclaim Our Attention During Pandemic Time [Online]

11/06/2021 - 9:30am

Grade levels: Professional Development

Content areas: English Language Arts

Topics: writing, writing prompt, creative writing, English language arts

Saturdays, November 6 and December 4, 2021 | 8.5 PDUs

“To take back your focus,” writes Sarah Sentilles, “to make art—is a radical act. To take all of that scattered energy and send it in a single direction is no small thing. It is revolutionary to take back your mind, your energy, your focus, your inner emotional landscape, to put whatever it is that you call sacred at the center of your life.”

Living inside a pandemic, it’s easy to be unmoored by each day’s fresh headline, and to have our attention dispersed into many disparate parts. What does it mean to take reclaim this attention and what kind of revolutions can we mount with a pen, a notebook and renewed focus?

Using generative writing prompts, poems and short essays, this online workshop will offer a way back into a state of attention and create the space to reflect on where we choose to put our focus going into a new year.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Read different modes of writing, including poetry and prose which explores the art of being attentive
  • Write from close observation
  • Generate and share new writing in a community
  • Establish or renew a regular writing practice

Each session will offer timed writing prompts in the morning and afternoon, with ‘offline’ periods for students to leave their chairs and write in a different space, away from the screen.

Details & Registration Dates & Times: Saturdays, November 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and December 4, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 2021 Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA Cost & Credits: 8.5 CEUs. $125 by 10/7, $150 after. L&C Alumni, Adjuncts, and School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. $40 student rate.

About the Instructor Laura Moulton is the founder of Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of Loaners: The Making of a Street Library. She has taught writing in public schools, prisons, and teen shelters, and is an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University. Her social art practice projects have involved postal workers, immigrants, prisoners and students. She earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University. For more information, visit