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Continuing Education

(NWI) Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford

Date: January 20, 2014 Location: Online

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You don’t eat just once every few days. You don’t speak just every week or so. Learning is continuous, and hunger is closer to breathing than to an annual rite. So why not write daily? In this workshop, we will feed on examples from the daily writing of William Stafford, and practice in the spirit of his work. 

The emphasis will be on the process of creation: creating texts the length of poems but for use in multiple genres. The goal will be to know what it feels like—in the body and in acts of sustaining witness—to practice the continuous writing life you have imagined.

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) classes are offered to teachers, counselors, parents, veterans, and all community members interested in the power of stories to help us understand and practice human connections for the good of all.

 Past participants are saying…

“Excellent writing prompts and discussion.”

“I’ll be back for more - thanks!”

“Kim refreshed my access to ideas and stimulated my desire to deepen my thoughts.”

“It was a joy. The prompts were a helpful framework, the ideas lively, and the feedback an encouragement.”

Course Details & Registration

Dates: January 20-February 24, 2014

Instructor: Kim Stafford, Ph.D.

Required text: Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems, William Stafford, Graywolf Press, Release date January 7, 2014. Will be available from the Lewis & Clark College bookstore.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 630, LA 638, 1 semester hour, $704

  • If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor. Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please complete the Special Student Registration form (PDF)

Continuing education credit: CELA 830, 1 semester hour, $350

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs

Registration for this course is now closed.

  • 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 is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & ClarkimageCollege, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared (a memoir), and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (a book about writing and teaching). He approaches writing as a chance to compose stories we have carried into poems, essays, radio commentaries, blessings, rants, parables, and other forms of “tikkun olam,” the healing of the world.