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April 19, 2017
Retired snow ranger and wilderness expert will join us at Writing from Nature  - wet day on Isolation

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The Writing from Nature weekend workshop from June 2-4 helps writers in all genres spark new ideas and drafts through immersion in the natural world....

April 5, 2017
Coming April 29: why Danbury, Connecticut was so important to the Little House books - RWL in Wm Holtz

Not everyone realizes that the city of Danbury, Connecticut was an important landscape in the making of the pioneer stories, the Little House books. Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter and collaborator, Rose Wilder Lane, lived in Danbury for three decades. There, she revised the last of the...

March 22, 2017
Procrastination no more - scaled.DSCF2502

It's the time of year when I give up something, something that's hard to give up. My exercise this year is giving up putting off projects or tasks or dreams. I've got a few days of light work between deadlines, so yesterday I organized a chaotic mound of family photographs and...

Coming on Saturday, March 18

This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt called to write, but didn't know how to get started. Chris  will lead participants through a series of exercises to get in touch with the creative spirit and allow the words to flow. Workshop will include lunch.

Saturday, March 18...

December 21, 2016
A misbehaving horse's lesson - IMG_0724

I took riding lessons for a few years, starting at age 49. At first I had no instincts. I lacked courage, and the horse knew it. I sometimes praised a misbehaving horse, hoping he would behave soon. He would turn the opposite direction from what I’d just directed—to test me—and...

December 1, 2016
Walking into new ideas: 2017 workshop set for June 2-4 - IMG_0689

I published Libertarians on the Prairie this fall after many years of work. At various points over the past 15 years, I doubted I would be able to finish it. But through the help...

November 17, 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder as a Voter - Alf Landon 1936

Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees asked themselves last week how Laura might have voted in the recent election. I don't think I have to answer that directly. Laura was approaching her later years when women were granted the vote. But assuming that she did go to the polls in her lifetime, let...

September 5, 2016
Testimonials on Writing from Nature workshop - image

Here are a few elements writers liked about the second annual Writing From Nature workshop:

"Tailoring to different genres and skill levels."

"The venue was quiet and undisturbed."

"Positive, encouraging vibe...

August 30, 2016
Writing Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer life - Map, Laura and Rose locales

This map by my talented colleague Karen Ward records all of the homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, the novelist and libertarian-movement founder Rose Wilder Lane.

Look at the dates for Mansfield, Missouri. Two key periods, in the mid-1920s and again from 1928-1935, found both...

August 9, 2016
Libertarians on the Prairie Coming Soon - Libertarians3_use this cover

“Libertarians on the Prairie is a fascinating expose of the ideological underpinnings of one of America’s best-loved stories. Who knew that the Laura Ingalls Wilder franchise was actually political propaganda?” — Jane Mayer, staff writer, The...

July 15, 2016
Long 91-Mile Trail - IMG_0051

My husband Nat and I are back from our 91-mile adventure on the Long Trail!

We met some incredibly strong, funny, thoughtful, adventurous people. And trekked for two days with our dear friend and mountain companion Skip. Thanks, Candlelight and Velveeta, Trailspice, Becky and Levi, the...

June 2, 2016
A slim biography of masterful storytelling - Wilson and Edith Wilson, Armistice Day 1922

A 125-page biography in the Penguin Lives series blends storytelling and journalism in a clear, fast-paced overview of a complicated man, Woodrow Wilson. The novelist Louis Auchincloss synthesized many thousands of pages of reading and understanding. A writer who studies and uses the lessons in...

May 22, 2016
Nature and the Ghosts of Thinkers - image

I just came back from Stone Pond, where Annie and I worked with my husband, Nat, getting my inlaws' family cottage ready for Writing from Nature, my second annual workshop. I heard a new story from a neighbor. It's about the giant red mansion next to the house where we'll be. The...

May 1, 2016
Observing without a notebook or cell phone - image

Resist the temptation to write or photograph as you walk through the fields or woods or desert or bog. When we stop and consider the right word while looking at the broken bird's egg, we lose part of our reaction. The same disconnect apparently happens during photographing. One second you...

March 3, 2016
Why I started a writing workshop, and what happened when I did - Stone Pond waterfront

I have been a writer for 35 years. Much of what I've achieved so far, I've figured out by myself. But some of what I figured out, I would have loved if someone had told me early. Mainly: Trust yourself.

Also: Those doubters...

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