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Continuing Education

Wielding the Pen to Make a Difference

Date: 9:00am PST March 3 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 117

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 117

Sentiment without action is the
ruination of the soul

- Edward Abbey

The nightly news can be difficult to watch, and it seems so often wherever we look we find evidence of sorrow. But from suffering springs an opportunity to create art that makes a difference, to beat back despair with poetry and literature.

Using writing as a tool for inquiry and creative expression, this course examines writers and artists who use their work to affect social change—including Ai Weiwei, Barbara Kingsolver and Luis Urrea. Participants will generate new writing, identify their own causes and create a plan of action for themselves.

We will emerge with new writing, art projects and lesson plans in mind, as well as strategies for getting their work into the world. Poetry, art projects and sample lesson plans will be available for educators to incorporate into their own teaching.

Past Participants have said…

“I walked away with lots of ideas for both my own writing and for lesson plans. The material we read & discussed was very relevant. Also lots of great writing! I literally filled an entire notepad this weekend.

“Laura offered multiple entry points to the material, which felt both evocative and abundant. She is an incredible listener. Her pacing felt perfect and her knowledge of the subject went deep.”

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 and Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, 2018, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 117
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

Degree Applicable Credit: WCM 576-01, 1 semester hour, $901
  • 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 866-01, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 14 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni Save 20%.

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Partial Scholarship funds available for both Continuing Education credit and Noncredit registrants. Please contact for more details.

About the Instructor

Laura Moulton is the founder of Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland, Oregon. She has taught writing in public schools, prisons, and teen shelters, and is an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University. Her social art practice projects have involved postal workers, immigrants, prisoners and students. She earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University. For more information, visit