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Continuing Education

Fiction Writing with Renée Watson: An OWP Course for Teachers

Date: 9:00am PDT August 6, 2018 Location: Grant High School at Marshall Site

  • Renée Watson
    Renée Watson

Grant High School at Marshall Site

Albert Camus said, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” In her novels, award-winning novelist, Renée Watson has opened her readers to the greater truths of young women who fight back against gentrification and boxes that tell Black girls what they can or can’t be.

Join this award-winning novelist as you write your own greater truths. In this workshop, participants will create compelling characters, indulge in wild loops of imagination, and satisfy some of their need to tell a greater truth.

This Oregon Writing Project workshop is for teachers or retired teachers who want to explore or refine the craft of fiction writing in a nurturing and challenging environment. 

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.  

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 2018, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Instructor: Renée Watson

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED 839, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

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About the Instructor

Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newberry Honor. Her children’s picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan. The New York Times calls Renée’s writing, “charming and evocative.” Her poetry and fiction often centers around the lived experiences of black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Her books include young adult novels, Piecing Me Together and This Side of Home, which were both nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her picture book, Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature.

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