School navigation

Continuing Education

[Online] The Practice of Writing: Testimony for Strange Times

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT April 4 Location: Online


Daily news inflicts attrition because it is incomplete—it gives hard facts without understanding or consolation. A writing practice can ease this injury, providing ways to “talk back to all that darkness” by exploring questions in brief essays, mysteries in poems, alternate perspectives in blogs, and other scribbled ways to connect what we experience to what we say.

This course is for writers interested in pushing their practice in multiple directions, and for teachers who want to engage the widest variety of student writers.

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 and Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5, 2020, 9 a.m.-5p.m.
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni Save 20%.

Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors: 20% off

Register now

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

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

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CELA 815, 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 515, 1 semester hour, $947

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


About the Presenter

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.


  • New events are added to our calendar regularly. For the latest on events related to your specific interests, sign up to receive periodic updates by email and/or mail.