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‘Pencil Pushers’ creative workshops begin March 7

Writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to join “Pencil Pushers,” a weekly creative writing workshop series taught by Lois Colton.

Colton will use the Amherst Writers and Artists Method as described in Pat Schneider’s “Writing Alone and With Others” by Oxford University Press.

Participants will write in response to exercises, read writing to each other, critique manuscripts and explore individual voices.

Classes will run Friday mornings from March 7 to April 11 at a location to be announced.

Cost is $100; to register, call 971-235-4686 or email loiscolton1640 @gmail.com.

Colton is a certified AWA workshop leader. She has been an adult educator for 23 years and was awarded the Region IV “Teacher of the Year” award by the Corrections Education Association in both 2000 and 2011.

She has participated in the beginning and intermediate levels of the Oregon Writers Workshops for Oregon educators and was a participant in weekly AWA writing workshops in Portland for eight years before becoming a certified group leader in 2013.

Colton has successfully used the AWA workshop methods with inmate writers at the Oregon State Penitentiary for many years. She is working on a collection of essays about her years of teaching in prison.

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