Nature Writing

North Seattle College Continuing Education,

9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

4 Tuesday Afternoons, July 31-August 21, 1:00- 3:00

Explore and deepen your relationship to the natural world through sensory awareness, contemplative observation and writing. We will take advantage of summer at the North College campus, and go out to the garden or under trees. We will also look at examples of Nature Writing from a selection of writers and poets to develop and sense of this genre. Please bring a notebook and something to sit on outside.


This is a blog Post by by Cole Hornaday for North Seattle Continuing Education about my upcoming course there.


Also on this theme, see my workshop designed to take Nature Writing one step deeper following the completion of this course.

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


Soul Stories and The Spirited Essay

Four Thursday evenings: August 2-23, 7:00- 8:30 Sliding Scale: $120-$240


“By ‘spiritual’ I mean the diverse ways we answer the heart’s longing to be connected with the largeness of life.” –Parker Palmer


Explore and reflect upon how your inner life has unfolded and continues to develop. What constitutes your unique spiritual path? What sources inspire and console you? Identify turning points and epiphanies and write about wonder and reverence, longing and belonging, blessings and crisis, and more. Reclaim formative soul experiences and articulate your way onwards.


Contemplative writing and various forms of personal essay will be used. Examples of spiritual memoir will be given, alongside poetry on key themes.


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