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[Online] The Writers’ Notebook: A Blueprint for the Day

Date: 9:30am - 2:30pm PST January 23, 2021 Location: Online


“How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard writes, “is of course, how we spend our lives.” When a global pandemic stopped time last March, the shape of the days that followed did not resemble anything we had known. For those whose jobs disappeared, whose classes were cancelled or projects indefinitely postponed, there was a sudden cessation of action.

Into this collective pause came an opportunity to consider how we’d been spending our time and what was truly essential. Using the writer’s notebook as a tool, this online workshop creates the space to reflect on what we will let go of in the coming year, and how we might build a narrative scaffolding around what’s left.

We will explore our writing practices, create a structure from salvaged days and design a new blueprint to help shape the times to come. We’ll generate fresh writing, examine devices like constraints and seasonal deadlines, and strategize about ways to build sturdy refuges inside the notebook.

During this workshop, participants will: 

  • Explore different modes of writing, including constraints, DIY deadlines and obstructions
  • Write from close observation
  • Generate and share new writing in a community
  • Establish or renew a regular writing practice

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturdays, January 23 and February 13, 2021, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Moulton, MFA

Cost: $125 by 12/17, $150 after. Includes 8.5 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. Student Rate: $40

Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 15th.

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: 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