Compose Creative Writing Conference

Explore the practices and professions of creative writing and publishing at Clackamas Community College’s annual Compose Creative Writing Conference, hosted by CCC's English Department.

Compose 2020 — online and FREE this year

"See what can be found for remedy and comfort by writing stories down" - Kim Stafford, Compose 2020 keynote speaker

 

  • May 16

    Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.

    Cost: Free!

    Location: Online. Details on accessing the conference via Zoom will be provided to registered attendees. 

    This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

Calling all writers and lovers of the written word. The annual Compose Creative Writing Conference is going online! The May 16 conference is offered for free and entirely online this year.

Join Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford as he delivers his keynote address, "Who the Poem Serves." Then connect to a virtual workshop of your choosing.

Compose begins with Stafford's welcome address at 10 a.m. Workshops run 10:45 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. There will be a break for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

While we are physically distanced, the English Department at CCC is thrilled to offer this opportunity to come together and share our creativity with each other as a community. We hope you will join us!

Keynote: 10-10:30 a.m.

CCC's Popular Writing Conference Goes Virtual

Kim Stafford

"Who the Poem Serves"

Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including "The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft" and "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared." His most recent poetry collection is "Wild Honey, Tough Salt" (Red Hen, 2019). He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. From 2018 to 2020 he served as Oregon's ninth Poet Laureate. He writes, teaches, and travels to raise the human spirit. 

Books by Kim Stafford

Morning Sessions: 10:45 – noon

 

When you register, you can choose one of the following morning sessions. See below for session descriptions, author bios and links to the authors' books available to purchase.

Morning sessions

ARWEN SPICER | WRITING REALISTIC UTOPIAS
JENNIFER PERRINE | ABSENCE & PRESENCE: POETIC FORM AS ESCAPISM AND GROUNDING
DENNIS STOVALL | TRUTH BE TOLD: POV AND THE VERACITY OF OUR STORIES
TRISTA CORNELIUS AND ROBIN VADA | OPENING THE CREATIVE MIND
AMY BASKIN | BEE, MEET POLLEN: EKPHRASTIC WRITING WORKSHOP

Lunch: Noon – 12:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

 

When you register, you can choose one of the following afternoon sessions. See below for session descriptions, author bios and links to the authors' books available to purchase.

Afternoon sessions

DEBBY DODDS | BRINGING THE FUNNY TO YOUR WRITING: HUMOR IN WRITING
KATE RISTAU | PROCESS AND PRODUCTIVITY
KATE GRAY | IN/TENSE: WHAT GIVES A LINE ITS OOMPH
B.A. VAN SISE | EKPHRASIS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VISUAL AND POETIC STORYTELLING
NATALIE SERBER | NOTHING HAPPENS NOWHERE

Donations welcome

The Compose Conference is offered free of charge. We welcome donations to the Craig Lesley Creative Writing Endowed Fund to support creative writing students or to the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help students during these trying times.

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Contact Us

For more information, contact Rita Shaw at ritas@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3254