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Writing from Nature Workshop coming June 17
Fog, night, fear, and writing ideas - Clouds, cold, looking toward Franconia Ridge from

Have you ever thought that being scared and uncomfortable in nature might jolt you toward new ideas? 

People sometimes ask me why I go into the mountains by myself. I do it so that I will bang into the edge of comfort, free up my brain for new ideas to go pouring in. I've had brief meetings of the mind with people who are no longer alive, when I'm alone in the mountains. They didn't talk; that's not how it works. But I felt the insistent nudge to pay attention. In the distance, a hare passed through. Once at dusk, a friend and I heard a crashing sound in the...

January 7, 2016

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2016
contact information: Bethany Taylor, essays@watermanfund.org
MANAGING WILDNESS: THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AND WILDERNESS
Waterman Fund 2016 Alpine Essay Contest

Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy through essays that celebrate and explore issues of wilderness, wildness, and humans through the Fund’s annual essay contest.

In dual honor of the Centennials of...

January 6, 2016
"Writers from the natural world" - scaled.IMG_0079

The tag on our dining room table at last June's writing workshop called us "Writers from the Natural World." The actual name of my workshop is Writing from Nature. I loved the minor adjustment in our table sign. Every meal, I'd say something like, "Watch out—here comes a writer from the natural world, AWK AWK AWK." 

Last year's inaugural Writing from Nature workshop showed us that moving through nature, without a particular agenda, followed by free writing and some guided writing, works. Our goal was to help writers get to new ideas and...

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