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Write The Letter In Your Mind

The way Richard Hugo’s letter poems addressed friends from afar, the way Emily Dickinson poured her soul into letters to Higginson, the way Kurt Vonnegut revealed the purpose of the creative life in a note to a school, we will play the changes on what has become a literary manifesto with surprising power: the personal letter writ large. By combining the intimacy of private communication, the ease of conversation with a friend, and the long reach of the open letter, we will jot a suite of pages in this informal form. We will gather to write that letter you have been drafting in your mind, that message to someone gone, that letter poem, letter to embed in your novel, or note to a friend you had forgotten. Sample letters, prompts, and envelopes provided.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Kim Stafford

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 04/30/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). In 2018 he was named Oregon's Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College, at Fishtrap, and at the Sitka Center.

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