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Renewal Day for Educators with Matt De La Peña

Date: 9:00am - 3:00pm PST February 20 Location: McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland

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

We schedule the Oregon Writing Project Renewal Day 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. 

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

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020,  9 a.m-3 p.m. (coffee & tea at 8:30 a.m.)
Registration: Early bird fee of $35, by Tuesday February 11, $40 after. Includes morning beverage and lunch. Registration now closed.

About Matt De La Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. In 2019 Matt was given an honorary doctorate from UOP. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country.

*The New York Times followed Matt into Tucson High School after his book was banned from the curriculum (along with the work of several other Hispanic authors). Read article here.

*Matt shares his views on the saving powers of literacy and creativity in an NPR essay. Read essay here.

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Event Contact

Questions? Please contact Kelly Novahom, Program Manager, Center for Community Engagement & Oregon Writing Project, at or (503) 768-6155.