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Continuing Education

(NWI) Memoir

Date: July 17, 2012 - July 20, 2012 Location: Forest Grove School District, Central Grove Room, 1728 Main St, Forest Grove, OR

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Forest Grove School District, Central Grove Room, 1728 Main St, Forest Grove, OR

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.

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Course Details

Dates:  Tuesday-Friday, July 17-20, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kim Stafford, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: LA 630/WCM 610, 2 semester hours, $1,546

Continuing education credit: CELA 810, 2 semester hours, $700

Noncredit/CEU: 30 hours, $500

Registration form (PDF)

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

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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