(NWI) Memoir: 100 Tricks
Date: November 9 9:00am - November 10 5:00pm Location: TBD
Writing chapters from one’s life story can produce gifts for family, and an important record of community life. In this workshop, we will read short passages from a variety of voices reflecting on lessons learned from life encounters, including prompts from the book, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, by Kim Stafford (Trinity University Press, 2012). The book tells hard stories with a light touch, by focusing on episodes of mystery and illumination.
We will use these passages as prompts for our own writing, leading to a gathering of short life chapters for further reflection and revision over time. No experience necessary, but a willing heart.
This course is part of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program
Northwest Writing Institute 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…
“Loved it! I love Kim’s style and respect for each individual. He has a wonderful way of treating everyone as though he or she is important and has something of value to offer.”
“This is the best writing instruction I have had. I would love to do it again!”
“I loved it! This class has given me so many ideas for my own classroom.”
Course Details & Registration
Date: Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Stafford, Ph.D.
Degree-applicable credit: LA 630/WCM 610, 1 semester hour, $500
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 810, 1 semester hour, $350
Noncredit/CEU: 15 hours, $250
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
Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared (a memoir), and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (a book about writing and teaching). He approaches writing as a chance to compose stories we have carried into poems, essays, radio commentaries, blessings, rants, parables, and other forms of “tikkun olam,” the healing of the world.
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