Pen to Paper: The Power of the Notebook

From Virginia Woolf to Frida Kahlo, writers and artists have long relied on notebooks to chronicle their days, capture ideas in rough form, and shape these thoughts into meaning.

Research shows that writing—and then rewriting—our personal narratives can yield positive outcomes off the page and in our lives. This workshop will focus on the act of keeping a notebook. Together, we will explore this practice and its benefits, from catharsis to invention.

Introduction to Teaching K-8 Writing

Dates & Time: Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 & 8, 2018, 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m.

Introduction to Teaching Writing with the Oregon Writing Project is an inquiry course designed for K-8 teachers. Together, participants will examine and evaluate current research on writing instruction and will reflect on their own process as writers by participating in writing workshops.

The Practice of Writing: Testimony for Strange Times

Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2019, 9 a.m.- 5p.m.
The daily news inflicts attrition because it is incomplete—it give facts without offering meaning. A writing practice can ease this injury, providing ways to “talk back to all that darkness” by exploring questions with brief essays, discoveries and mysteries with poems, and other explorations of connection between what we have experienced and what we might 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.

Empowering Leadership Through Writing:A Courage to Lead Retreat

Empowering Leadership Through Writing is a Courage to Lead retreat designed to offer participants the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership, rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. As a leader, you can empower and deepen your leadership during challenging times by using writing as a tool for learning.

Easily Pleased by a Few Words: A Reading & Conversation with Kim Stafford

Poetry is our native language. Everyone is welcome in the house of writing, and festive explorations on the page make communities more democratically diverse, emotionally informed, and ready to face the challenges of these mysterious times.

Bring a notebook, and join our state’s ninth Poet Laureate for a reading, conversation, and brief writing practicing exploring some ways to scribble down stories, spells, and blessings.

From Surviving to Thriving: Classroom Ready Strategies to Boost Literacy Skills

You are invited to participate in an interactive and engaging professional learning event hosted by the Portland Reading Council. Learn practical strategies to use with your students.

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Statewide Inservice Day 8:00 am – Noon @ Multnomah ESD (11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland OR)

K-5 Session: Putting the Pieces Together ~ Supporting Students in a Balanced Workshop Classroom

6-12 Session: Motivating Discouraged Readers


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