Writing Workshops

**COVID-19 Update: For the forseable future, all of our workshops available will be offered in an online format so we can continue to practice our writing and learn from each other while respecting social distancing recommendations**

Our group writing classes are the perfect setting to learn from those who have interests similar to your own. These classes are offered either online or in-person at different locations around the Madison area. Group classes cover topics related to nature, sustainability, poetry, creative writing, and wellness. These classes are for those looking to learn new skills or simply enjoy discussing and journaling about some great books and interesting topics.

The Nature Fix – Nature Writing and Well-being

In this nature poetry writing class, we will first take a look at the profound new observations made by researchers, journalists, and leaders in the ‘reconnect to nature’ movement as they, and so many others, redefine our modern need for nature experience.

 

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Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature

In this class we will introduce the poetry of acclaimed nature poet Mary Oliver and cover the essence of four different thematic techniques of observation which will greatly enhance our ability to write nature poetry spontaneously and regularly.

 

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Poem-a-Day: The Essential Guide to Writing a Poem a Day

In this class we will learn how to efficiently read for writing, draw essential material from daily life, the advantages of free verse, natural line lengths, the fun of sound, and most importantly the benefits of mindful and spontaneous writing.

 

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Nature Journaling

This is a “no-stress zone” nature writing class, meant to encourage not only our observations and sketches from the prairie trails, but to then turn those observations to a comfortable writing style.

 

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The At-Home Nature Journal & Daybook

A daily journal can take many forms, but one thing they all have in common is our desire to connect to the details surrounding our life in a meaningful way through less formal prose.

 

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Writing Mindfulness

First we will learn several essential tenets of eastern thought so that we have a firm understanding of what mindfulness is and then will learn how it is represented in ancient Chinese poetry.

 

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Art & Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry

In this class we will celebrate the profound connection between visual art and poetry by taking a look and reading through pairings of the two

 

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Your Daily Food Blog: The Prep and the Cooking

This 1.5 hour workshop is designed to go over the principal aspects of blogging about food while we hang out in a casual setting and learn from each other.

 

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Humor & Non-Fiction

In this class, we’ll take a look at different types of humor from a fine cast of non-fiction authors, and then see if we can ourselves dabble in the lost art that apparently never was lost.

 

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Journal to Poem

This class offers an accessible and engaging nature writing process emphasizing the importance of place-based writing based on nature journal techniques.

 

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Urban Nature Appreciation

The first thing we will learn in this class is the process of re-seeing urban nature through the lens of historical examples of nature writing including the journal entry and poetry.

 

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Blog Serial Novel

You will learn a set of essential rules for incremental novel writing, including scratch planning, finding plot momentum, picking characters, and maintaining themes.

 

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Touching the Earth

Celebrate the Earth by working through the mindfulness practices offered us by Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Peace is Every Step and draw insights to write your own daily meditations and poetry.

 

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Creative Nonfiction: Weaving together Essential Strands

This class uncovers secrets to writing engaging, meaningful, even humorous, nonfiction by presenting the process of writing nonfiction as weaving together essential thematic strands.

 

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The Art of Writing Food: A Food Writer’s Workshop

Monthly meetup for people who are interested in getting together with others that share their interest in cooking, recipes, food trends, and forms of food writing.

 

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