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Continuing Education

Pen to Paper: The Power of the Notebook

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PST January 26 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

From Virginia Woolf to Frida Kahlo, writers and artists have long relied on notebooks to chronicle their days, capture ideas in rough form, and shape these thoughts into meaning.

Research shows that writing—and then rewriting—our personal narratives can yield positive outcomes off the page and in our lives. This workshop will focus on  the act of keeping a notebook. Together, we will explore this practice and its benefits, from catharsis to invention.

We’ll discuss what it means, in the digital age, to write by hand, and carry a physical notebook. Excerpted readings will include: Barbara Ehrenreich, Alice Walker, Joan Didion and more.

Students will come away with prompts and tools to maintain the practice of keeping a notebook.

Offered as a Northwest Writing Institute Special Studies course, this course uses writing as a tool for inquiry and creative expression. Taught with varying emphases based on the cultural moment, this course offer participants the opportunity to write, reflect on the chapters of their life, and investigate how the practice of writing can deepen their vocation.

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday-Sunday, January 26-27, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 576, 1 semester hour, $928

  • 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 TBA, 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, includes 15 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.

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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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