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Fir Acres Workshop


While linked in a national network, each program provides a different experience created through the individuals involved in its origins and development. Fir Acres also draws on the unique sense of place that the Lewis & Clark campus and Portland, Oregon provide.

The Fir Acres Workshop draws on its history to provide:

The Fir Acres Workshop in Writing & Thinking was established at Lewis & Clark College in 1989. It was the first two-week residency program created as part of the National Writing & Thinking Network.

The National Writing & Thinking Network was established by the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, with generous support from The Bingham Trust, to provide imaginative, stimulating, and enjoyable summer writing programs for high school-aged students.

All programs are modeled after the innovative three-week Workshop in Language & Thinking that Bard College has required of all entering students since the fall of 1980.

Other sites in this Network include Lake Forest College Summer Workshop and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

  • a writing experience with distinguished faculty who share a common teaching method;
  • collegial ties to the Northwest Writing Institute—for over two decades a gathering place for individuals, younger and older, seeking reflective experience in the practice of writing;
  • a summer enrichment experience that will enhance subsequent school year performance for its participants; and
  • a setting for a community of writers that offers an on-campus residential experience as a preview of college life.

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