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Poetry Writing: Poems for a Better Nation

Date: 4:30pm - 7:30pm PST February 5 Location: Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd

Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd

We’re all in a hurry, but sometimes an idea, a scrap of story, a friend’s question, or some other morsel of language from the world longs to become a song, a poem, half a poem—longs to catch something mysterious about this life. A footnote to the inexpressible.

In this Oregon Writing Project course, we will celebrate the winsome habit of poetry to turn small discoveries into the half-page where we say much in a few words.

We’ll read lively texts, start many lyric experiments, and talk along the way about how to share this quirky and welcoming form of writing with students and friends.

No previous experience is necessary for participation in this course, which is open to all teachers and writers.

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project.

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.


Course Information & Registration

Dates: Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 18, 2020, 4:30-7:30 p.m. *please note class does not meet March 5th or 12th
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off. 

This course is currently full. Please contact to be placed on a waiting list.

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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 802, 1 semester hour, $350 Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

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Degree-applicable credit:
WCM 502, 1 semester hour, $847

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