Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time. . . We must prime it with a little solitude and idleness.

Brenda Ueland



The next Writing from Nature workshop will take place Saturday, March 19


Incarnation Center, Deep River, Connecticut


For five years, Chris has been leading periodic workshops for writers of all stripes and experience. Writing from Nature sends participants out onto trails and in natural places to observe. Then we do guided writing exercises.

Writers are born, and then made. We are compelled to write. Writing usually chooses the writer; it feels like a calling. Writing is a solitary job but requires a community to thrive. We face this paradox every working day. We need a strong community. We need the right community.

Many writers already realize that their work is not merely an indoor, sedentary pursuit but that the best ideas come in a flash while we are doing other things that have nothing to do with writing. Moving through nature can deliver this flash. We will help you find it and write it. The workshops are for writers of all levels. Anyone who wants to use the backcountry as a way to tell human stories.

Tentative Agenda:

Arrive at 9 a.m. Meet each other, tell why you are here, and Chris will inspire you to open your minds to the first exercise. Venture out, solo or with others silently, onto trails. Open your vision and thinking to what comes. As as Brenda Ueland wrote, walk to not grimly as an exercise regimen, but “where your imagination is leading you to see how life can be better.”

Morning rambles, no notebook, by yourself, on trails near Brooks Cottage. Return for guided writing. New ideas: here they come. 


Visiting speaker TBA. Then, a break and a half-hour observation exercise, when you go outside and do not move (unlike what you did in the morning), just observing one thing outside and this time you will write down everything you can.

We will then reconvene and share readings and reflections. 

Price: $75. It includes coffee/tea, snacks, lunch in the dining hall, and workshop materials.

My workshops are tailored to the way I felt as a new writer. I encourage new ideas without judgement. I help you become your best selves. The noise of the literary world can intrude on our particular voices. Of course, other published writers also inspire us, and genres of writing provide a place for us to land as we make our writing careers.

Writing from Nature

Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold.

Henry David Thoreau

To sign up and ask any questions:

You will pay by Venmo or by bringing a check on the day of the workshop. No deposit is required.

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