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Northwest Writing Institute

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The Northwest Writing Institute is part of the graduate school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, United States.


The founding director of the institute is Kim Stafford, who is also literary executor of the estate of poet William Stafford. The institute began in 1986 and Stafford co-founded the Fishtrap writers' gathering in 1987. The NWI began in cooperation with the Bard Institute on Writing and Thinking as part of the College's Department of Continuing Education. In 1988, the NWI founded the Oregon Folk Arts Program, and offered a series of workshops in rural and remote Oregon libraries in the early 1990s. The Institute has regularly offered programs for College faculty, school teachers, high school students and writers, mostly from the Northwest. In 2014, the NWI collaborated with the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Library Association, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and other organizations to offer programs throughout the state in celebration of The William Stafford Centennial: 100 Years of Poetry and Peace.


The institute offers a courses for teachers and adult writers, as well as occasional events, and community outreach programs.

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