Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling is set to host the following upcoming online writing workshops
with Kim Stafford, PhD, former Oregon Poet Laureate.
Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford: Writing Practice in a Time of Change | Kim Stafford, PhD
Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6
In a time when wars don’t stop, when pandemic strikes, jobs end, climate shifts, and life needs constant reinvention, your daily writing practice can be a way to navigate change and sustain the spirit. Inspired by the 50-year writing practice of William Stafford, this online workshop will include reading of classic poems and responding to writing prompts designed to deepen your own process for creation. We will delve into sources for starting, ways of revising, responding to work in progress, and sending forth our testimony to a world hungry for meaning. Open to all levels of experience.
The Writer’s Notebook as a Blueprint for the Day | Laura Moulton, MFA
Saturdays, January 23 & February 13, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
“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.
Poetry Writing: Poems for a Better Nation | Kim Stafford, PhD
February 20-21, 9 am – 5 pm
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. In this online 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.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.
For more information or to register for a workshop, visit Lewis & Clark’s Continuing Education website: https://graduate.lclark.edu/programs/continuing_education/all/