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Student Writers’ Workshop


The English/Writing program hosts the Student Writers’ Workshop for young writers in grades 3-12 on the second Saturday of every March on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. The next date is March 9, 2019.

Students from across Eastern Oregon, along with teachers, parents, and chaperones, participate in an opening session, write in concurrent sessions with topics such as journalism and poetry, eat lunch in the EOU cafeteria, and celebrate their writing in an open mic. All participants are invited to submit their writing to the workshop anthology.

Registration: $30 per student. Teachers, parents, and chaperones attend for free. Teachers are encouraged to bring groups of students. The registration fee includes regular sessions and lunch. Scholarships and group rates are available. Please indicate on the form or contact Nancy Knowles. Please make checks to EOU and mail them to: Nancy Knowles, English/Writing Program, Eastern Oregon University, 1 University Blvd., La Grande, OR 97850.

Registration assumes EOU and event funders may use photos and writing of participants to document and promote the workshop. Teachers using permission forms for student groups should include the previous sentence on the forms.
  • 8:00-8:45 AM Registration, Loso Lobby
  • 8:45-9:15 AM Opening Session, McKenzie Theatre
  • 9:15-9:30 AM Morning Break

Grades 3-6

  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM Morning Sessions
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch in the EOU Cafeteria
  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM Afternoon Sessions
  • 2:30 -3:00 PM Revision and Evaluation

Grades 7-12

  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Morning Sessions
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch in the EOU Cafeteria
  • 1:00 – 2:15 PM Afternoon Session
  • 2:25 – 3:00 PM Revision and Evaluation
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Open Mic

More opportunities for young writers include:

Chaperones are welcome to attend at no cost and are encouraged to write alongside their children. Please complete the Registration Info and indicate you are attending as a chaperone.

Participating teachers can earn CPDUs or 1 graduate quarter credit.

Chaperones who are EOU students can earn undergraduate credit.

Forms and syllabus will be available at the event.

Paper, pencils, and lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring any additional writing material, snacks, water bottles, and jackets.

Here are some resources to help you find your way to campus and around the community.

Campus Map (PDF)
Parking Map (PDF)
> Photo Tours
Driving Directions
> Web Cam

Weekend visitors can park in unlabeled, student, faculty, and staff spaces, and buses can park in the Community Stadium parking lot.