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Continuing Education

Stafford Studies

Date: 9:00am PDT July 21, 2014 Location: Watzek Library, Heritage Room

  • Family photo from the Stafford Archive
    Family photo from the Stafford Archive

Watzek Library, Heritage Room

This Northwest Writing Institute course consists of reading, writing, discussion, and special projects growing from the poetry and prose of William Stafford. Using the resources of published books and the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College, participants will practice inquiry into Stafford’s approach to writing, thinking, teaching, and witness for reconciliation, and from this inquiry develop their own approaches to writing, teaching, and witness.

We will become familiar with the poetry of William Stafford, his habits of daily writing, his practice of publishing widely in little magazines, his unstinting correspondence, his witness for peace and reconciliation, his love of Kansas, Oregon, and other places, and his “let’s talk recklessly” approach to life and writing.

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone with an interest in the work of William Stafford, the life of a writer, and the power of words to witness for peace and social justice. This includes teachers, counselors, writers, readers, and others with an abiding interest in William Stafford’s work, and the practice of writing.

  • Northwest Writing Institute 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.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 21-25, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Kim Stafford, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 506, 2 semester hours, $1,656 

  • 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 806, 2 semester hours, $700

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $500, includes 30 CEUs or PDUs

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Scholarships: Some scholarship funding is available for this course. To inquire, please contact Pam Hooten at

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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