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Continuing Education

(NWI) Writing Culture: Telling Stories in Words and Images

Date: July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012 Location: J.R. Howard Hall, Room 259

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J.R. Howard Hall, Room 259

What shapes our identities as members of a family, workplace, religious group, or nation? How do we learn the rules for how to act in unfamiliar cultures, and how do we write about that experience? In this workshop, we’ll write to discover the unique patterns of our own cultural worlds as well as those we’ve entered through literature, travel, and everyday experience.

We’ll read contemporary nonfiction to explore different cultural perspectives and we’ll examine issues of craft, including character development, voice, and literary form. The workshop may also involve fieldwork and documentation of Portland life.

This course is part of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program.

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Course Details

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 23-27, 2012

Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Joanne Mulcahy, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 532, 2 semester hours, $1,546

Continuing education credit: CELA 832, 2 semester hours, $700

Noncredit/CEU: 30 hours, $500

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About the Instructor

Joanne B. Mulcahy, Ph.D. teaches creative nonfiction, ethnographic writing and humanities CORE classes at the NW Writing Institute. Her academic credentials include degrees in Comparative Literature, Folklore and Folklife, and Cultural Anthropology. Mulcahy has taught workshops that combine creative nonfiction and ethnographic writing for the Association of Western States Folklorists, the New York Folklore Society, and the American Folklore Society. For over a decade, she taught courses in anthropology and gender studies in Lewis and Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, she has facilitated workshops in numerous other settings, including The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center, Oregon public libraries, The Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, N. Ireland, and Alaska and Oregon Corrections facilities. She is an Associate of the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking and adjunct faculty for the Ph.D. program of The Union Institute.

Mulcahy’s essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her awards include fellowships from The Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, the New Letters nonfiction prize, and grants from The British Council, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Oregon Council for the Humanities.

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