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“Bibliophilia”: A Writing Workshop to Celebrate Books, Libraries, and Learning

Date: June 29 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 117

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 117

Rebecca Solnit writes that “the object we call a book is not the real book, but its potential, like a musical score or seed.”

Do you remember the books that ignited your imagination, the seeds that planted hope? Perhaps you want to recapture the wonder of returning home with a stack of library books. Maybe you’ve longed to honor that librarian who urged Little Women or War and Peace into your hands.

In this exploration of books and their guardians, we’ll write to celebrate the word, the text, and the place of libraries in our personal and civic lives. To inspire our own writing, we’ll read essays, excerpts from “biblio-memoirs,” and letters by writers to young readers. We’ll explore ways to ignite reading passion in our students and children, and the means to stay connected to one another through stories.

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: Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Joanne Mulcahy, PhD

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

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About the Instructor

Joanne B. Mulcahy has taught creative nonfiction at the NW Writing Institute for thirty years. She also teaches in prisons, libraries, health centers and other community settings in the U.S. and overseas. Her essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies including The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write About the WestThese United States, and The Writer’s Chronicle. She is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island, Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, and Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers (with Peter Chilson).

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