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Continuing Education

Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford: Parade of Your Obsessions

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PST December 7, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Corbett Annex 100

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Corbett Annex 100

As William Stafford once said, “A writer is someone who writes,” and he wrote every day for fifty years. Since his passing in 1993, his way of writing remains as revolutionary and productive as ever. 

Let’s do the same to harvest our observations, ideas, hunches, and insights so we may watch them grow on the page. We’ll gather viable seed to grow stories, poems, blessings, and other forms.

In this workshop, we will savor examples from the daily writing of William Stafford, and practice in the spirit of his work. The emphasis will be on the process of creation: creating texts the length of poems but for use in multiple genres. The goal will be to know what it feels like—in acts of sustaining witness—to practice the continuous writing life you have imagined.

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) 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.

Past Participants Have Said:

“Connecting with the Stafford way of writing and viewing the world was so valuable. Working with a supportive, accepting instructor and group of participants restored my enthusiasm about starting a regular writing practice.”

“I appreciated Kim’s inclusiveness, deep knowledge, and writing skills, but mostly his ability to convey to each of us that we are writers.”

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

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

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

Graduate Continuing Education credit: CELA 830-01, 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.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 530-01, 1 semester hour, $947

  • Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please contact the CCE for more information.

About the Instructor

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute which offers courses for teachers and writers, and the author of a dozen books, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. In 2018 he was named by Governor Kate Brown as Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate, and will tour the state in 2018-2020, offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.


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