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THE CRAFT OF WRITING SERIES: Nature
January 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.
Thursday, January 7th: Author Conversation
Join acclaimed writers Camille Dungy and Scott Russell Sanders for a conversation on the craft of nature writing.
Thursday, January 14th: Imagining Nature with Scott Russell Sanders
Much of the harm we humans cause to Earth and to one another arises from the delusion that we are separate from Nature. But Nature is not a realm apart from us; it is our source, the creative matrix that shapes and sustains us. How can we write compellingly about our place in the web of life? How can we tell stories that convey our kinship with other species? In an age of global heating, ecological disruption, and loss of biodiversity, how can we imagine reconciling human actions with the order and limits of Nature? In this workshop, we will seek ideas for our own writing by looking at a selection of published work, and we will try out a few brief writing invitations.
Thursday, January 21st: Sprout Your Seeds with Camille Dungy
In this generative workshop, we’ll explore new ways to see our own work in relationship to the living world around us. Following a series of prompts and possibilities, you’ll have a chance to start growing in new directions on the page. Exploring various strategies for how to get started, how to keep going, and how to improve what you’ve already written, this is a mixed genre class, welcoming poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers.
The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.
Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Trophic Cascade, winner of the Colorado Book Award, and Suck on the Marrow, winner of the American Book Award. She has edited three anthologies, including the ground-breaking Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. As a traveling poet-lecturer, Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then toddler, intensely aware of how they were seen, not just as mother and child, but as black women. A collection of essays based on that time, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships in both poetry and prose, and an American Book Award. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter, where she is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of two dozen books, including novels, collections of essays and short stories, and documentary narratives. His recent books include A Conservationist Manifesto, Earth Works: Selected Essays, Divine Animal: A Novel, and Dancing in Dreamtime: Stories. His latest book, The Way of Imagination, was published in 2020. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Indiana Authors Award. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.