nature writing as creative resistance
6 week e-course
the places that move you to write
nature has always provided poets with inspiration, imagery &
the example of creation itself
your relationship with the natural world…
the metaphors, specific vocabularies, & lessons in form
when we connect to the wildness in the world through our senses,
we begin to understand essential things about our planet…
& our writing becomes a form of creative resistance
more than writing about nature, we’ll push the images, stretch the material…
we’ll look with new eyes at where we actually live,
to right the balance between our modern, digital life & our actual place on earth.
a connection to the other–than–human world
that is personal, emotional, experiential & concrete.
when you pay attention, within a wild environment,
you’ll hear what you have to say, & what the world says to you.
each Monday for 6 weeks, I’ll email you a lesson that includes an outdoor invitation, writing provocation & associated reading, with clear direction for ways to engage with the lesson during the week that follows. our inquiry and process will be influenced by the likes of Basho, Harrison, Hirshfield & Niedecker.
I’ll be available via email to answer your questions throughout the course.
& at the end of the 6 weeks, I’ll offer brief feedback on 1-2 of your poems, with suggestions for next steps.
“learn about the bamboo from the bamboo, learn about the pine from the pine”~Basho
enjoy the weekly reading & writing provocations.
get outside to find the substance for your poems among the beings, landscapes & phenomena that you observe & experience.
write what you see, hear, feel, taste, and touch in the environment.
at the completion of the course, send me 2 completed poems for feedback & encouragement.
“You do have a gift . . . you create a space where I can readily connect with my faith in poetry and with the joy it gives me.” –Alison Swan
“This morning I found a single Blue Jay feather lying on the deck—a message. It reminded me to reread all the notes and poetry from our nature-writing course. A new appreciation fell over me, and, oh yes, I cried when reading “Little Citizen, Little Survivor,” by Carruth. Thank you for your generous, intelligent instruction.” –Vicki Stewart
q & a
What if I live in an urban area, can I still get something from this course?
Absolutely. I’ll suggest a series of outdoor observations, but those can be done in pocket parks or cemeteries, or anywhere you find even a little bit of wildness in the city.
Are there any prerequisites for participation in this course?
Your interest is all that’s required.
What if I have questions along the way?
Once per week you have the option to email me your questions so that this can be an enriching experience for you.
What kind of feedback do you provide?
When I look at your work-in-progress, I’ll be interested in what’s working, where it sings, and how you can push the material for greater impact. I’ll remark on any relevant craft issues (form, diction, lineation, sonic elements, etc.) and provide suggestions or alternatives, where appropriate, and brief explanations of my thinking. My goal is to help you continue doing your best work, and my editorial comments should inspire you to continue writing and enjoying the natural world.
“I have always loved the combination of calming and sparking energy that your bring to your courses and workshops. It calms the inevitable real life nonsense and sparks my muse into action, without fail. I am so grateful for that—and your unabashed reverence for what we create in those spaces.” –Samantha Fisher