©2020 by Kim Stafford - Oregon poet

Generative writing workshops with Kim Stafford

All workshops are online, one- or two-day, and open to writers of all kinds.



Courage to Lead through Writing: We Begin a Better Nation through Writing

October 1-3 (taught by Kim Stafford, Dawn Montgomery, Sherrie Carreker)

Join us for a virtual Courage to Lead retreat designed to offer participants the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership, rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. Empower and deepen your leadership during these challenging times by using writing as a tool for learning and leading.


hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Thursday 4pm – Saturday at noon / October 1-3




Earth Verse: Writing for the Earth

An online poetry workshop with Kim Stafford

Fridays, 10am-1pm Pacific Time, six weeks October 30 - Dec. 11, 2020


When trouble comes in the human world, there may be a little story from the wild that can offer consolation. From the Gnomic Verses in Old English, to the Tao te Ching, and the writings of Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver, we have cherished lyric remedies speaking the language of earth for human comfort. In this workshop, we will harvest close observations from the landscape, and compose an archive of consolations for use as need comes. 

     Each participant will receive a digital packet of evocative readings and writing resources, and a copy of Earth Verse, a chapbook of poetry. In this generative poetry workshop, we will write in response to provided texts, and share selections from our discoveries for supportive response to work in progress. We’ll speak of craft, and have a visit from an editor for Q&A about sending our work into the world.

     If you want to have some earth talismans at hand--feathers, bones, stones, a clutch of lichen, a sprig of juniper or sage—no harm in that, but not required. While sheltering in place, we will write our way to locations in the world we have known, the resonant places we carry with us. We will help each other remember and summon these places to the page. 

            Each of the six sessions will include generative writing, close attention (30 minutes each) to a draft by two participants—a draft that gives us all an opportunity to look at some key element of craft—and response groups for sharing work written in or for this class. And at some point in the sequence, a 30-60 minute guest appearance for Q&A about publishing.


Hosted by Orion: https://orionmagazine.org/connect/online-workshops/



Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford

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 class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.


hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, December  5-6, 9am-5pm (Note: the website lists the class for December 5 only, but we go two full days, Dec. 5-6.)



Online Poetry Reading

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 8pm Pacific Time

A poetry reading online for Cirque Journal in Alaska.

Details here soon: https://www.facebook.com/CirqueJournal/

Resilience Poems: Reading & Writing

not January 16-17 / moved to Feb. 6-7, 2021

This two-day workshop invites you to cast your net wide through the cultures of the world to find poems that speak to resilience in the personal, cultural, or natural worlds. Once each participant has a poem or two that sings for survival, we’ll convene online to read these lyrics one by one, and write in response to what we find there—in theme, story, word magic, or question we must live. The workshop will include many opportunities to write, and to share work in progress for supportive response from fellow writers. No experience required as a writer, just curiosity and hunger to explore. 


Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17, 2020, 9am – 3pm, via Zoom

Limited to 12 participants

Details coming soon here:  https://fishtrap.org/writing-workshops/

Poems for a Cause

January 22

Why give a speech at the protest rally when you could speak a poem, witness through lyric lines, testify with an urgent blessing, or teach an anthem all can sing together? Or maybe the poems you write out of love for your cause are quietly handed to friends and strangers, slipped into pockets to change hearts and lift spirits. In this one-day online workshop we will savor stirring texts, then write our own—for earth, for justice, for kindness and compassion.

Hosted by Hugo House, Friday, January 22, 10am-4pm

Details will be found here: 


Speak Beauty to Power

11-14 February 2021

Earth calls for testimony, but not stridency. In poetry and episodic prose, we will forge testimony to protect places we love, and sustain the planet, with utterance kin to natural beauty. As a river testifies, so shall we—flow, light, grace. As a tree testifies, so shall we—a lofty intelligence, rooted in fact. The loud conversations of our time require winsome witness for the wild world. After writing together, we will explore ways to make our witness public.


An online Writing retreat for the Santa Sabina Center,

San Rafael, California, Thursday-Sunday, 11-14 February 2021

Details to be announced here:


Oregon Writing Project: Poems for a Better Nation

February 20-21

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.


hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21, 9am-5pm


The Practice of Writing

April 3-4

Pandemic, protest, fire, and politics—the daily news inflicts attrition because it is incomplete. It often gives hard facts without clear thought or consolation. A writing practice can ease this injury, providing ways to “talk back to all that darkness” by exploring questions in brief essays, mysteries in poems, alternate perspectives in blogs, and other scribbled ways to connect what we experience to what we say.

     This course is for writers interested in pushing their practice in multiple directions, and for teachers who want to engage the widest variety of student writers.

     We will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.

hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, April 3-4, 2020, 9am-5pm


Book Launch: 27 April 2021

Singer Come from Afar: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2021)

Details will be here: https://redhenpress.org/collections/spring-2021

Mother River, Hero Tree

Date TBA

Are there Earth words with personal resonance for you—Metolius…cedar…hummingbird? Are there places that are like rooms in your house of spirit—Minam Summit…Jefferson Park…Cascade Head? In letter, blessing, poem, prose fragment, or lyric spell, we will write about your Earth ancestry—your life lineage that comes from the natural world. What places, creatures, landscape features, silences, nights, and other primordial elements formed your character? What are the sources of your identity, sense of mystery, apprehension of spirit, and perennial wellbeing in spite of all? 

A two-day workshop hosted by the Sitka Center, Summer, date TBA

Details will appear here: https://www.sitkacenter.org