Online: Poetry Writing – Poems for a Better Nation

In these days of frenzy and confusion, some bit of news, a scrap of story, a friend’s question, or some other morsel of language from the world may long to become a song, a poem, half a poem–may long to catch something mysterious about this life. A footnote to the inexpressible.
In this online Oregon Writing Project course, we will celebrate the winsome habit of poetry to turn small discoveries into the half-page where we say much in a few words.
We’ll read lively texts, start many lyric experiments, and talk along the way about how to use this quirky and welcoming writing practice to calm the self, and to explore with students and share with friends.
No previous experience is necessary for participation in this course, which is open to all teachers and writers. The class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed to develop a learning community through a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.
The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project.
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Dates: February 20-21, 2021, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD
Noncredit: $250, includes 15 PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty receive 20% off.
Graduate Continuing education credit: CELA 802, 1 semester hour, $350
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About the Instructor
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 between 2018 and 2020 toured the state offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.

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