$100 registration fee; 10% discount for Burke Members
Made possible by the Rebecca S. and Robert M. Benton Endowed Fund
Join award-winning authors Knute Berger, Michelle Nijhuis, and Maria Mudd Ruth as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.
Knute "Skip" Berger is a Seattle author, columnist, and radio commentator. He is the award-winning "Mossback" columnist for the online daily Crosscut.com where he focuses on place and politics; Editor-at-Large and writer for Seattle magazine; and a regular guest on NPR affiliate KUOW. He has authored three books, the latest being the eBook Roots of Tomorrow: Tales of Early Seattle Urbanism (2014). His others are Space Needle, Spirit of Seattle (2012) and Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps and the Myth of Seattle Nice (2009). For more information, visit crosscut.com/tag/mossback/.
Michelle Nijhuis writes about science and the environment for National Geographic and other publications. She is also a longtime contributing editor of High Country News, a magazine known for its in-depth coverage of environmental issues in the western U.S, and the co-editor of The Science Writers' Handbook. Her work has won several national awards and been included in three Best American anthologies. After 15 years off the electrical grid in rural Colorado, she and her family now live in White Salmon, Washington. For more information, visit www.michellenijhuis.com.
Maria Mudd Ruth lives in Olympia and is the author of more than a dozen natural history topics, including Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet. This work of narrative non-fiction represents a turning point in the author's life—from accidental naturalist to active environmentalist dedicated to the conservation of this imperiled seabird and its Pacific Coast habitats. Through her advocacy, writing, and talks, she stresses the importance of forging personal connections to the natural world. Intrigued and challenged by subjects she knows nothing about, she is currently writing a book on clouds. For more information, visit www.mariaruthbooks.net.