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Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

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Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 | 9 am – 5 pm
$100 registration fee; 10% discount for Burke Members

Made possible by the Rebecca S. and Robert M. Benton Endowed Fund

Sign up soon, class space is limited; lunch provided

Scholarships available with valid student ID; request an application

Join award-winning authors Wendy Call, Craig Lesley, and Ana Maria Spagna 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. Plus, with Craig we have the insights of a novelist, who is sure to give everyone a new and captivating perspective on the environment and how to weave into one’s writing.

We in the Pacific Northwest are fortunate to live not only in a place where nature abounds but also to live in place where place-based writers abound. Whether it is exploring the deep time of geology, considering the myriad ways of slugs, bugs, and everyone’s favorite, cockroaches, or connecting children with the natural world around them, these authors will inspire us to continue writing about the environment in all its guises.

For more information, please email burked@uw.edu or call (206) 543-5591.

Wendy Call co-edited Telling True Stories: a Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (2007) and wrote No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (2011), winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction. Over the last two years she has served as Writer in Residence in five national parks, including Acadia, Everglades, Joshua Tree and North Cascades. Her writing about national parks, including her 2012 essay chapbook “Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought,” has been supported by 4Culture, K2 Foundation, and Seattle’s CityArtist program. She teaches in Goddard College’s BFA program and lives in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Craig Lesley is the author of Winterkill, The Sky Fisherman, Riversong, Storm Riders, and Burning Fence. His short stories have been featured in The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, Northwest Review and others. He is the recipient of an NEA grant, two grants from the NEH, and a Bread Loaf Fellowship. He has taught creative writing at numerous colleges for forty years.

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of two essay collections, Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging and the Crosscut Saw and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, and the history/memoir Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize. After 15 years maintaining trails in national parks and forests, she now teaches creative nonfiction in the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program.  She lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades.

California oat-grass (Danthonia californica)
Photo by Rod Gilbert.