Instructor: Pattie Logan
Maximum Enrollment: 7
Class Term: 09/19/2022 - 10/17/2022
SCN Member: $120
Class synopsisThis four-week Zoom class, 3 - 4:30 pm Mountain Time on Mondays, is for women who feel a strong connection with the natural world and want to write about their experiences. This class will inspire you to think more deeply about your relationship with the natural world, offer tips on writing techniques, provide structure and focus to finish several personal stories and connect you with a group of passionate women writers.
Do you feel a strong connection with the natural world and want to explore that in your writing? Do you want to capture your adventures and share your passion through vivid descriptions, engaging characters and thoughtful reflection? In this class, you’ll write personal stories that may include travel tales, childhood memories, gardening, outdoor adventures and a connection with animals (wild or domestic). You’ll learn from exceptional writers and thinkers like James Galvin, David Abram, Joanna Macy and Lauren Eisely. The class provides structure and inspiration for writing while building a strong community of women who share a connection to the natural world.
1) Learn techniques for creating vivid descriptions, scenes and characters; 2) Take a deep dive into their experiences, passion and connection to the natural world and cultivate hope for the future; 3) Create three engaging stories that can be shared with family, friends or crafted for publication; 4) Develop a powerful sense of community through a shared love of writing and the natural world.
Class communication methodWeekly handouts and readings will be provided via our Group io site. We will meet on Zoom for instruction, exercises, discussions and reading our stories to one another. Sharing is voluntary but is a powerful way to create a strong community of supportive writers. This class is not about workshopping our writing. It’s about listening, reflecting and offering positive comments and questions.
Week One: Introduction Go over class structure, share our passion for nature, look at examples of descriptive writing that include simile and metaphor. Create a graph of important places in our lives. Writing prompt on Place. Assignments: Write up to two single-spaced (or four double-spaced) pages on Place. Note at least one comment and one question about the assigned reading (Galvin, The Meadow) and handout on writing characters.
Week Two: Place. Read our life stories about Place. Offer each other supportive comments and questions. Discuss readings on writing about wild relationships and writing characters. Writing prompt on Wild Relationships. Assignments: Write up to two single-spaced (or four double-spaced) pages on Wild Relationships. Note at least one comment and one question about the assigned reading on evolution (Eisley) and handout on summary and scene.
Week Three: Wild Relationships. Share life stories about Wild Relationships. Offer each other supportive comments and questions. Discuss readings on evolution and summary and scene. Writing prompt on Evolution. Assignments: Write two single-spaced pages on Evolution. Note at least one comment and one question about the assigned readings on gratitude and hope (Macy, Active Hope).
Week Four: Evolution. Share life stories about Evolution. Offer each other supportive comments and questions. Discuss readings about gratitude and hope. Discuss ways to continue writing, collecting and presenting stories. Write a letter to future earthlings.
Class time commitmentThree hours a week or more if the student wants to keep writing or polishing their work.
Instructor bio: Pattie Logan is a journalist who has covered the environment for newspapers and magazines and CNN/TBS. She has written visitor center films for three national parks. She taught journalism at the University of Colorado. Pattie has a Master’s from the University of New Mexico in American Studies with a focus on environment and science in American culture. She holds certificates in Guided Autobiography from the Birren Institute and Reminiscence and Life Review from the University of Wisconsin and leads classes in life story writing.