JHW poet Matt Daly for the second year orchestrates the GTA’s summer of monthly writing opportunities. These are free and set in a beautiful setting at Moose, Wyoming. For all of them meet at the flagpole at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center by 9 a.m., with the exception of the July 8 workshop that afternoon (one in the a.m. and one in the p.m.–double your writing time). Best to bring gear suitable for writing outside, including a camp chair (if you are so inclined), hat, sun screen, water, umbrella and snacks, as well as writing implements of choice.
And this year something new! A workshop for Spanish speakers and writers. Read on and spread the word.
June 10: Well-published nonfiction writer and editor Molly Loomis leads off the summer with her workshop, “Expanding Our Definition of ‘Wild'”, on Saturday June 10. Loomis describes the workshop: “Natural history, travel, adventure–so often these topics are treated as separate genres, yet each lends depth and interest to any story. Workshop attendees will explore authors that successfully meld these different strands and through participatory writing exercises create a short piece of their own that defies pigeon-holing. All ages, physical and writing abilities are welcome!” Loomis focuses on the world from her home in Idaho. Her work has appeared in more than 50 publications, including Outside, Discover, Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. In addition to her writing career, Loomis has worked as a mountain guide, outdoor educator and ranger, and participated in many expeditions around the globe.
July 8: Rediscover your inner kid in Patti Sherlock’s “Hide and Seek: Writing For Young Adults,”on Saturday, July 8. According to Sherlock, “Many excellent writers turn to writing for youth because they believe thoughtful, well-crafted books for young adults, middle grade, and even younger readers may have a positive influence on the future.” Sherlock will help workshop participants re-discover their inner kid to find the topic they most want to offer to young readers. She will exploit the beautiful surroundings in a sensory awareness exercise, and lead a game of hide and seek. Her books include, Letters from Wolfie (Viking), which was nominated or earned many awards; Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind (both from Holiday).
July 8 afternoon: This one is after Patti Sherlock’s, from 12:30-3:30, same location. Molly Loomis will be leading this one as well; read her bio for June 10.
Introduction To Writing About the Outdoors ESL: All ages and abilities are welcome at this Spanish language workshop. Whether it’s writing about an amazing hike, seeing a bear for the first time or relaxing in a field of wildflowers, writing about the nature offers a deeper means of connecting to the world around us and your experience within. Participants will complete several activities to jumpstart their own journaling and reflective writing about the great outdoors.
Introducción a escribir sobre el aire libre ESL: Todas las edades y habilidades son bienvenidas en este taller del idioma español. Si es la escritura de una excursión increíble, ver un oso por la primera vez o relajar en un campo de flores silvestres, escribir sobre la naturaleza nos ofrece una manera más profunda conectar al mundo alrededor y su propia experiencia interna. Los participantes cumplirán muchas actividades para animar su propia escritura personal y pensativa sobre el aire libre.
August 12: Poet, curator and lecturer Jessica Baran‘s workshop, “Exploring The World Through Words”, focuses on writing exercises using landscape, visual art, and language as jumping off points. Be prepared to broaden your thinking and use of concrete language and descriptions in this workshop. Baran is the person behind the 100 Boots poetry reading series at the Pulitzer Museum in St. Louis and teaches at the St. Louis University’s Prison Arts & Education program. She has an MFA in poetry from Washington University.
September 2: Poet and novelist David Romtvedt’s workshop, “To the Mountains, the Trees Are Just Passing Through,” will explore nature in the absence of human beings and human beings as a part of the natural order. “We’ll write two or three short pieces,” Romtvedt explains. “These pieces may be thought of as poetry, prose, or some mix of the two and may use elements of various writing styles.” Romtvedt earned a BA in American Studies from Reed College and an MFA in poetry and book arts from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He has worked as an artist in the schools in various western stages and as a professor in the writing program at the University of Wyoming. Over the years he has received numerous national awards for his poetry and served as the Wyoming Poet Laureate.