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Northwest Writing Institute (NWI)

Documentary Studies

Documentary Studies use interdisciplinary frameworks and multiple modes of storytelling to explore individual lives and diverse cultures in the past and present.

While we no longer offer a Certificate in Documentary Studies, the Northwest Writing Institute offers several courses and workshops that invite students, teachers, counselors, and community members to document untold stories and explore new ways of understanding culture. 

In these classes participants become writers and documentarians of their families, cultures, communities and workplaces.

Coursework explores documentary methods that include writing, photography, digital story, film, and audio-recording to support cultural inquiry, ethnography and creative expression. Participants also learn to navigate ethical concerns that come with telling community stories, including the exploration of race, class, ethnicity, gender and social justice issues.

Read and watch examples of student work.

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