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: January 14, 2023

I lead workshops that send writers out onto trails and in natural places to observe. I then guide you through writing exercises. 

The next workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 at the Incarnation Camp and Conference Center in Deep River, Connecticut. Please join me by filling out this Sign-Up Sheet. 

We will spend part of the morning rambling alone in the woods. I will then guide you in writing exercises. 

Special keynote talk on recognizing false starts and real sparks. Magazine and book swaps. Resources to take home. Woods collecting. Story sharing. And more. 

This is the kind of workshop I would have benefitted from in my own development as a writer.

Writing from Nature started as a weekend workshop in 2015 at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps. In 2016, I repeated it in the Mount Monadnock area. I developed Writing from the Mountains for the Appalachian Mountain Club to take Appalachia journal, which I edit, into a mountain-based setting for writers of all levels. Both workshops focus on using natural settings to inspire new material during the weekend.

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.

These workshops are tailored to the way I felt as a new writer, and the way I feel today whenever I sit down to write. Participants explore new ideas without judgement. They can work toward becoming their best selves as writers. The noise of the literary world can intrude on our particular voices.  



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

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