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.
- 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.