The Broken-Hearted Alleluia: Nature Writing in a Time of Ecological Turbulence


Saturday, October 27

Cancelled. To be rescheduled before long.


10-4 with a lunch break

Fee: Sliding Scale $120- $240


Mourning Orcas. Burning forests. What consequences of our impact as humans on the living earth will next become visible to us?

What do we do in the face of our changing ecosystem? 

The term “Solastalgia” was coined to denote distress in response to climate change. We’ll explore how this condition impacts writing in response to the natural world as we engage in praise, lamentation, witness, apologia, and celebration. In addition, we’ll reflect upon our journeys as eco-heroines or eco-heroes as articulated in Sharon Blackie’s book, “If Women Rose Rooted” and look at how to cultivate and sustain hope in our hearts and our communities. In the belief that powerful voices change the world, Kathleen Dean Moore’s “Call to Writers” will be introduced to “imagine new life-ways into existence.” I am inspired by having studied with Kathleen in July and have much to share.


Depending on the weather, part of the workshop may take place at Green Lake, in walking distance from the Writing Studio



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Sense of Place: Developing and Expressing Intimacy with the Natural World

Saturday, November 17th

10- 4 with a lunch break.                                                     Fee: Sliding Scale $120- $240


“If you know where you are,
you know who you are”- Wendell Berry


This workshop invites participants to explore their own natural autobiographies and what it means to have a sense of place—or not. Exercises will be introduced to deepen a sense of intimacy with the natural world through contemplative observation and creative expression. We will look for what’s wild in the midst of the city and bear witness to urban oases.  We’ll explore our locale and consider our role as humans in relationship to impacts of civilization. Readings from celebrated nature writers will inspire us.


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