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Renewal Day for Educators with Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes

Date: 9:00am - 3:00pm PST February 21 Location: McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

The Oregon Writing Project has always scheduled our Renewal Day for Educators in February, when the days are short and sometimes grey and wind-whipped. Our day-long winter writing holiday reminds us of our “true north” mantra—writing teachers write.

“Above all else, I hope that my books can play some small part in inspiring a new generation of storytellers to carry on the tradition, maybe in the books they write, or the films they direct, or the songs they sing, or even in the tales they tell their own grandchildren”
- Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Oregon Writing Project invites you to our annual full-day writing workshop featuring author, Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Come reconnect with your OWP community in a celebration of what brought us to this work in the beginning—a love of words.

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is a bestselling novelist, educator and recipient of many awards, including the American Book Award. Rhodes is the author of five middle-grade novels, including The New York Times bestseller and #1 Kids’ Indie Best Pick, Ghost Boys, as well as Towers Falling, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic

Her adult fiction books include: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane. Her nonfiction books include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction and Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness. 

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019,  9 a.m-3 p.m. (coffee & tea at 8:30 a.m.)
Registration: Early bird fee of $30, by Tuesday February 13, $35 after. Includes morning beverage and lunch. Mail, fax and phone registrations accepted. Walk up registration available if spots remain.

**Registration for this event is full**

Questions? Contact Pam Hooten, OWP Program Asst: 503-768-6132, or

About Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes

Dr. Rhodes has been a professor of writing at Arizona State University (ASU) since 1994, where she served for a time as the Artistic Director of the Master of Fine Arts program for creative writing. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, and holds the Piper Endowed Chair in writing. Learn more


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