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Continuing Education

Writing Culture: Experiments with the Letter

Date: March 16 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

As Catherine Field once wrote, “A good handwritten letter is a creative act. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do.”

In this workshop, participants will explore the culture of letter-writing. We’ll study the incendiary “letters” written by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates and find inspiration in missives by Lydia Davis, Rainer Maria Rilke and Leslie Marmon Silko. 

Together, we will challenge ourselves to write thirty letters in thirty days during the month of April. Participants will be provided with a letter-writing kit from Egg Press, as well as daily prompts throughout the month.

Through writing, reading and discussion, we’ll explore the ways letter-writing can strengthen our writing practices, sharpen our skills of observation, and enrich our classrooms.

Participants will come away from the workshop with inspired perspectives, fresh writing, and new ideas to apply toward lesson plans, classrooms and personal practice.

  • 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

Date and Time: Saturdays, March 16 and April 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CELA 832, 1 semester hour, $350. 
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

  • *Please note: Completed registration forms containing social security numbers and/or credit card information should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement, using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Cost: $250, 15 includes PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. 

Scholarships: a limited amount of $115 scholarships are available for noncredit and Continuing Education registrants. To request a scholarship, please contact us at and share, to the degree you are comfortable, about your need for scholarship.

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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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 M.F.A. from Eastern Washington University. For more information, visit

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