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Layers of Landscape: Harnessing the Power of Place with Joe Wilkins


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Sunday, 2:00 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT April 21, 2024

Online via Zoom

We live in a world of chain restaurants, screens, and cross-country travel, yet we ignore the power of place at our own psychological and physical peril. Place is an active force in all our lives, challenging us to be good citizens of our biotic and built communities. In life and writing, it behooves us to try to understand and harness the power of place. This session offers writers four ways they might begin to do just that.

Course Outline
  • Introductions
  • The Layers
    • What’s the most important element of a work of literature?
    • Think, then pair and share
    • Historical/Cultural/Political Landscape
  • Ecological Landscape
  • Checking for the Layers
  • Write
  • Questions
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  • Joe Wilkins - Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins was born and raised on the Big Dry of eastern Montana and now lives with his family in the foothills of the Coast Range of Oregon. He is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist. A finalist for the The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, Fall Back Down When I Die won the High Plains Book Award. Wilkins is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and four collections of poetry, including Thieve and When We Were Birds, winner of the Oregon Book Award. His second novel, The Entire Sky, is slated for publication in July 2024 with Little, Brown. Wilkins directs the creative writing program at Linfield University and is a member of the low-residency MFA faculty at Eastern Oregon University.