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Continuing Education

Poetry Writing

Date: 4:30pm - 7:15pm PDT April 5, 2017 Location: Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Avenue, Portland 97212

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Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Avenue, Portland 97212

Sometimes, a conversation overheard, a scrap of story, a dream, a student’s question or teacher’s twinge of memory longs to be a poem, half a poem, a resonant line jotted quickly.

In this Oregon Writing Project course, we will savor the habit of turning small discoveries into poems—the half-page where we try to get it right in a few words. This practice smuggles creative experience into a busy life: the joy of writing in ten quiet minutes stolen from frenzy.

We’ll read lively texts, start many lyric and non-lyric experiments, and plan how to share this deft and welcome way of writing with our students, and in our own creative practice.

No previous experience is necessary for participation in this course, which is open to all teachers and writers.

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 2017

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 602, 1 semester hour, $779

  • 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 802, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

For more information about scholarships, or to register for credit, contact Pam Hooten at 503-768-6132 or

*Please note: Registration forms with social security numbers and/or credit card information listed on them should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. A limited number of 20% off discounts for Lewis & Clark Alumni are available.

**Registration for this course is currently full. Questions or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Pam Hooten at**

Some partial scholarship funds are available for noncredit registrants. 

About the Instructor

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark
College, 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.

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