Saturday, January 20th
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 Stories, Martha 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.