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(NWI) Bearing Witness: Writing, Documentary Studies, and Social Justice

Date: November 2 9:00am - November 3 5:00pm Location: TBD, Lewis & Clark

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    Joanne Mulcahy, Ph.D.

TBD, Lewis & Clark

What is the writer’s, teacher’s, citizen’s or counselor’s role in bearing witness? How do we observe, record, and interpret events from the everyday to the unspeakable?

In this nonfiction workshop, we’ll explore a continuum of creative nonfiction including literary journalism, essay, and memoir. We’ll write from our own observations of cultural life, exploring ethical issues as well as style, voice, and literary form.

This course is part of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program.

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) classes are offered to teachers, counselors, parents, veterans, and all community members interested in the power of stories to help us understand and practice human connections for the good of all.

Past participants are saying…

“So much space, time and support to write! Excellent readings to generate thought and words.”

“I overcame my initial frustration and found a new voice.”

“I came into this course drained, uninspired, and left the class feeling as if I’m back to normal, motivated and with internal energy–I experienced growth.”

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3, 2013

Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Joanne Mulcahy, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM/LA 504, 1 semester hour, $804

If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor. Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please complete the Special Student Registration form (PDF)

Continuing education credit: CELA 804, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education registration form (PDF)

Noncredit/CEU: 15 hours, $250

Register now for noncredit

To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

About the Instructor

Joanne B. Mulcahy teaches creative nonfiction at the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College, where she also co-directs the Documentary Studies Certificate Program. She has facilitated workshops in many community settings including libraries, health centers, women’s shelters, and correctional facilities. Her essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West and These United State s. She is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz.

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