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Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford: Writing Witness for a Better Nation (online)

Date: January 22 Location: Online


In the news, we are subject to daily assaults on our sense of decency, inclusion, and honesty—so why not talk back to that darkness by writing some form of local witness daily?

Based on the 50-year daily writing practice and peace testimony of poet William Stafford, this online course will offer resources from the William Stafford Archives, and writing prompts for daily writing practice.

Writers in the class will work with fellow writers in posting and offering supportive response to one piece of writing each week. For writers who want to establish a daily practice, and teachers hungry for writing prompts in poetry and prose.

The class will begin with an online orientation session January 22 to confirm everyone can engage the online environment.

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 have said…

“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: Monday, January 22-February 26, 2018 (Online)
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD
Degree-applicable credit: WCM 630, 1 semester hour, $801

  • 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)

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CELA TBD, 1 semester hour, $350
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

Register now


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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