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Continuing Education

Poetry Writing

Date: 4:30pm PDT April 4 Location: Portland Eastside School, TBA

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Portland Eastside School, TBA

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

Date and Time: Wednesdays, April 4 - May 2, 2018, 4:30-7:15p.m.

Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Graduate Degree Applicable credit: WCM 602, 1 semester hour, $801

Graduate Continuing Education credit: CELA 802, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

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Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive a 20% off discount. Registration slots at the noncredit rate are limited.

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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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