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Writing from Nature with Madeleine Watts


8 Sessions

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Once a week Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT September 27 to November 15, 2021

Online via Zoom

The natural world is changing all around us. Sometimes it appears in our lives as a disaster in the form of a storm, a flood, or a drought, and sometimes it’s as unobtrusive as the weeds growing up through the cracks in the pavement. More than anything else, nature is forcing us to pay attention.

In this workshop, participants will direct their attention to nature and use it as the starting point to think about how they might write fiction and nonfiction that engages with the world around them. Readings will include novel excerpts, short stories, essays, and poems, and will look at nature in all its forms from the mundane to the catastrophic and uncanny. The class will use in-class exercises and prompts to help find strategies, stories, and structures that harness the changing natural world in new and exciting ways, and to suit the strange and unknown world we face today.

All Levels
Capacity: 12


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    Madeleine Watts

    Madeleine Watts

    Madeleine Watts is the author of the 2021 novel, The Inland Sea. Her stories have been published in the White Review, Guernica, and the Lifted Brow, and her novella, Afraid of Waking It, won the 2015 Griffith Review Novella Prize. Her essays and nonfiction have been published by the Believer, Paris Review Daily, and Literary Hub. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University.