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(OWP) Annual Renewal Day for K-12 Teachers with Martha Gies

Date: 9:00am - 3:00pm PST February 5, 2013 Location: McMenamins Kennedy School, Gymnasium, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

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    Martha Gies

McMenamins Kennedy School, Gymnasium, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

In the middle of February, when the skies are gray, the days are short, and the rain is hard, we want you to retreat, to remember the joy of writing. We invite you to take a day for yourself. Forget the spa. Forget the coffee bar. The real gift is time from your hectic life to write. Sure, you will be able to take what you learn back to your classroom, but this is a day to be a writer.

Our guest for this year’s retreat is Oregon author and activist Martha Gies, who will lead participants in a writing workshop in the morning portion of the retreat, alongside OWP Director Linda Christensen, M.Ed. In the afternoon of the retreat Linda Christensen will lead the group in discussion and more writing activities.

Martha Gies’ work, both fiction and nonfiction, has been published widely in newspapers, magazines, and literary quarterlies, including Orion, The Sun, and Zyzzyva. Her book Up All Night (OSU Press, 2004), a portrait of Portland, Oregon, told through the stories of 23 people who work graveyard shift, was selected by both The Oregonian and The Statesman-Journal as one of the Ten Best Regional Books of 2004. 

A list of classes she offers in Portland and links to some of her work online, can be found at

Martha’s awards and distinctions include:

• For people living on the margins, has taught writing in prisons, jails and her Catholic parish

• Contributor to Street Roots since its (Burnside Cadillac) inception in the 1990s and serves on the editorial advisory board

• Former cab driver who has been carless for over three decades

• Received fellowship in creative non-fiction from Oregon Literary Arts

• Winner of PEN Syndicated Fiction Project

• Frequent contributor to Women’s Review of Books

• Housing activist whose writing increases public understanding and empathy with the stresses of the poor, the disabled, and the elderly

• Anthologized in The World Begins Here: An Anthology of Oregon Short Fiction

• Scripted the film ¡Aumento Ya!, a documentary about successful labor organizing on Oregon farms

• As adjunct instructor, taught human rights and creative writing in both the Lewis & Clark graduate writing program and, for 20 years, at Marylhurst University

Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project

Registration Information

Fee: $20 mailed or faxed by Tuesday, January 29, $25 after. Fee includes morning beverage, lunch and PDU certificate.  

Registration form (PDF)

Please register early.  Space availability limits registration to the first 100. (We fill every year.)

Substitute needs: If you are scheduled to teach on February 5, please remember to make your substitute request in advance. OWP does not pay for subs.

Questions? Contact Pam Hooten, OWP Program Asst: 503-768-6132, or

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