Each year, I teach a variety of online and on-site classes. On November 4-5, 2017, I’ll teach a weekend workshop at Lewis and Clark College, “Bearing Witness: Writing and Social Justice.” Full and partial scholarships are available. Please see below for a description and more information.

Course description: What is the citizen’s, writer’s, teacher’s, or counselor’s role in bearing witness? How do we observe and record events from the everyday to the unspeakable? When does witness require action? In this nonfiction workshop, we’ll write together from photos, memory, news clips, and our observations of current social and political life. We’ll read a range of creative nonfiction including literary journalism, essay, and memoir.

Teachers, counselors, and others will have a chance to create new curriculum or templates for their work as we explore ways to include witness into our lives.

Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR

Cost & Credit Options $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. Can also be taken of one semester hour of Graduate Continuing Education Credit or Degree-Applicable Credit. Partial scholarship funds available. Please contact cce@lclark.edu for more details. For more information and registration, contact us or visit go.lclark.edu/cce/catalog

Other workshops that I teach include: “Cultural Passages,” “Healing and Stories,” “Portraits and Profiles,” “Telling Lives,” among others. For more information, please contact me at mulcahy@lclark.edu.

Below are some of my students’ comments:

“If I could take a workshop from Joanne every week I would. Her gentle, warm leadership provides the right balance of structure and free-writing to inspire creativity and bring energy to my writing. Her spot-on prompts unlock fresh ideas for the stories I want to tell.”

Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press) “I have taken as many of Joanne’s writing workshops as I could over the past 10 years. She is a truly gifted teacher, providing the perfect combination of information, excellent prompts, writing time and thoughtful feedback. She manages the class beautifully so that the needs of students at all levels are met. Joanne’s lovely presence brings a very special environment to the classroom, leaving her students feeling fulfilled and inspired. I cannot wait until I can sign up for her next class!”

Ellen Hall Saunders, free-lance writer for The Oregonian and other publications http://www.ellenhallsaunders.com/my-writing/

“I have taken several courses with Joanne Mulcahy over the past few years and she never fails to renew my sense of purpose and commitment to my writing.  Joanne is a masterful guide.  From the very first writing exercise, she establishes trust among the writers, and builds upon that trust to develop a respectful, kind, and open atmosphere.  Joanne is also a perceptive and passionate listener, providing clear and focused advice.  Writers at all levels thrive in this environment.”

Bridgid K. MacSeóin, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies

“Besides being a gifted writer herself and well-grounded academically, Joanne is a generous, supportive and knowledgeable presence in the classroom.  Her sense of humor and upbeat attitude create an atmosphere of fun as well as learning, and she meets each student exactly where that person is in terms of experience and skill level.  When you take a class or workshop from Joanne, you leave as a better and more self-confident writer.”

Leigh Coffey, Documentary Studies Certificate Program, The NW Writing Institute, Lewis and Clark College

“I really appreciate the warm, supportive atmosphere Joanne creates and (to use a counseling term) her “unconditional positive regard” and respect for everyone. She truly has a healing presence.”

Laura Stanley, Graduate Program in Counseling, Documentary Studies Certificate Program, Lewis and Clark College