I am offering a seven-hour Writing from Nature workshop in my home community!
It will meet in the lakeside Tumble Inn at Incarnation Camp in Ivoryton, Connecticut on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Writers of all stripes welcome: from new to experienced. This workshop incorporates observing and rambling outside with guided writing of new ideas next to our lakeside view,. Coffee/tea and lunch included.
Only $50, and I donate 20 percent of proceeds to Incarnation Camp scholarships for children. Pay that day but you must sign up ahead of time! To sign up, send up flares and email me at [email protected] Let’s write and help send another kid to camp.

The Plan

9 a.m. WELCOME. Gather in Tumble Inn. Coffee, tea, share oral stories about ourselves.

9:30 a.m. Getting ready: Chris talks about the connection of nature and creativity. Check maps and plan a 45-minute walk by yourself. Our goal is expanding time—not compressing distance or feeling rushed in any way.

10-11 a.m.

Each writer takes to the outside, alone, for 45 minutes. Walk on camp roads or trails. All are well marked. The likely distance you’d cover would be from a few tenths of a mile to 2 miles. Treat thsese walks as an out-and-back: after about 22 minutes, turn around and retrace your steps.

NO NOTEBOOKS or pencils or pens. Do not check your phone or send messages. Simply walk and pay attention to your route. Your one goal is to watch your feet and get back in about 45 minutes.


11:15 a.m.-noon.

Guided writing in Tumble Inn. Now that you are back, it’s time to write.

12-1 p.m. Lunch.

1-1:30 free time.

1:30-2 p.m. Mini-naturalist lecture. Writers who know their landscapes know themselves. A short primer on the history and ecosystem of Bushy Hill Lake and the surrounding land.

2:00-2:45: Second walk: go out again, alone, but this time take a notebook, take pictures with your phone or a camera, and record what you see.

3 p.m.: Reconvene in Tumble Inn for reflections and spiritual time.

3:30: Tea and goodbyes! Until next time.



Writing from Nature

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

For more information

[email protected]

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