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(NWI) Memoir

Date: 4:15pm PDT October 10, 2012 - 7:15pm November 7, 2012 Location: Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Room 226

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    Kim Stafford, Ph.D.

Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Room 226

This course is full. We are accepting names for the wait list.

Writing chapters from one’s life story can produce gifts for family, and an important record of community life. In this workshop, we will read short passages from a variety of voices reflecting on lessons learned from life encounters. We will use these passages as prompts for our own writing, leading to a gathering of short life chapters for further reflection and revision over time. No experience necessary, but a willing heart.

This class explores autobiography, biography, and life history, and the ways that individual lives are linked to broader cultural stories. Using the lenses of literature, folklore, personal story, and writing generated in class, participants examine how life stories emerge in families, with individuals, and in the workplace.

This course is part of the Documentary Studies Certificate program.

Learn more about the Northwest Writing Institute

Past participants are saying…

“I love Kim’s style and respect for each individual. He has a wonderful way of treating everyone as though he or she is important and has something of value to offer.”

“Plenty of time to write, excellent writing prompts, suggestions, and time for reading and response.”

“The workshop, in total, is so rich with useful information — it was like being given tools or taught how to take two sticks and make a fire.”

Course Details

Dates: Wednesdays, October 10-November 7, 2012

Time: 4:15-7:15 p.m.

Instructor: Kim Stafford, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: LA 630/WCM 610, 1 semester hour, $673

Continuing education credit: CELA 810, 1 semester hour, $350

Noncredit/CEU: 15 hours, $250

This course is full. Complete a Registration form (PDF) to be placed on the wait list.

About the Instructor

Kim Stafford, Ph.D. founded the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently The Muses Among Us. He approaches writing as a chance to set down stories we have carried into poems, essays, radio commentaries, blessings, rants, parables, and other forms of  “tikkun olam,” the healing of the world. “In our time is a great thing not yet done. It is the marriage of Woody Guthrie’s gusto and the Internet. It the composing and wide sharing of generous expression in the voices of many for the needs of all.”

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