Saturday, January 20th
10:00am-12:00pm

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Nature Writing Now

You've always loved the outdoors and wanted to write about it.  Maybe you have a special affinity for a particular place and want to explore that connection.  Or maybe you've had a memorable experience in nature that you want to share.

In this one-day workshop, we'll explore the craft of nature writing by looking at its distinguishing features, reading passages from professionals, and developing our own stories through a series of writing exercises.  A successful nature essay typically strikes a balance among three key elements: description, instruction, and reflection.  As writers, we want to describe a natural place using sense detail, inform the reader of its natural and human history, and convey why it's important through compelling reflection.

Come join us in this intensive, hands-on introduction to nature writing.  All levels welcome.

Jim McVey is the author of three books, The Wild Upriver and Other StoriesMartha Maxwell: Natural History Pioneer, and The Way Home: Essays on the Outside West. Jim earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Colorado, where he has taught literature and creative writing since 1986. 

 
 

1 session
$75 | $65 (m)
w/Jim McVey