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Continuing Education

Writing for Happiness

Date: 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT May 31 Location: First Unitarian Church, Buchan Room, 1226 SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon 97205

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First Unitarian Church, Buchan Room, 1226 SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon 97205

Join Kim Stafford, the 2014 Graduate School of Education and Counseling commencement speaker, for this free workshop exploring the practice of writing. 

Take a step back and look at what you do. If you are a teacher, your writing is your teacher. If you are a counselor, your writing is your counselor. If you are a parent, a veteran, a student, friend, citizen—writing can be a way to understand the past, engage the present, and prepare for the future. 

Writing can help us come into alignment with reality, with “hap,” what happens. This, not external “success,” can be the foundation for professional effectiveness and a satisfying life. In this workshop we will consider the kinds of writing we need to do, explore the kinds of writing we want to do, and practice discovering how the two might become one. 

Writing something every day can be a way to settle your accounts, find common ground with your perceived opponents, come to terms with nagging sorrows, and find “concentric peace”—that settled quality of character than enables an individual to help others.

As William Stafford said, “I must be willingly fallible to deserve a place in the realm where miracles happen.” We will explore a suite of ways the writer can be fallible—young, bravely naїve, open, forgiving—in order to engage this realm of discovery and surprise.

This workshop is free and open to the public however space is limited and advance registration is required. 

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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.