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Continuing Education

[Online] The Art of the Letter: Essential Communication for the Pandemic Age

Date: 9:30am - 5:00pm PDT March 20, 2021 Location: Online


As Catherine Field once wrote, “A good handwritten letter is a creative act. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do.”

Over the past year, letters have been used as tools to entreat voters, to reach across political divides and to communicate with loved ones during quarantine.

In this workshop, we’ll investigate the culture of letter-writing and the revolutionary capacity made possible through the epistolary form. Through writing, reading and discussion, we’ll explore the ways letter-writing can strengthen our writing practices, sharpen our skills of observation, and enrich our classrooms.

Together, we will challenge ourselves to write thirty letters in thirty days during the course of the month. Participants will come away from the workshop with inspired perspectives, fresh writing, and new ideas to apply toward lesson plans, classrooms and personal practice.

Educators enrolling for graduate continuing education credit will come away with a letter-writing curriculum to implement in their classes.

Past participants have shared…

“This was both a retreat and an academic challenge. I appreciate putting value on the written letter and taking time to reflect.”

“Amazing instructor with a wealth of knowledge and connections who facilitated discussions and sharing in an empathetic, attuned and effective way.”

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturdays, March 20 & April 17, 2021, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

Cost: $250, includes 14 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. 

Online registration will close Saturday, March 13th.

Online Registration Coming Soon

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CELA 832, 1 semester hour, $350. 
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 532, 1 semester hour, $875

  • 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: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Instructor

Laura Moulton is the founder of Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland, Oregon. She has taught writing in public schools, prisons, and teen shelters, and is an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University. Her social art practice projects have involved postal workers, immigrants, prisoners and students. She earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University. For more information, visit