Portland Underground Grad School Writing the Natural World | October 2021
Date: Four Tuesdays from October 26
Time: 6.30-8.30pm PT
Tier A Pricing: $199 ($30/hr or above wage earners)
Tier B Pricing: $149 ($16-29/hr wage earners)
Tier C Pricing: $99 ($15/hr or below wage earners)
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Encounter the natural world as a writer and through the perspectives of diverse literary voices. Each week, we will explore a different facet of the environment – soils and mycelium, fresh and saltwater, plants, and animals. Together, we will discuss ways that the biological and physical worlds can become actors in prose and poetry.
Moving our understanding of the environment out of the realm of experts and into an interpersonal one can help us to perceive the ways that colonial scientific paradigms shape our relationships with the environment around us. Build confidence in your own ways of knowing and discovering (or rediscovering) a passion for walking around your neighborhood, noticing the weeds in the sidewalk, and articulating in writing what the environment means to you.
Course time will be spent discussing excerpts from contemporary writers that will inspire our own writing sessions in and outside the classroom. Participants will occasionally be asked to share their writing with the class, though sharing is never compulsory. The goal of this course is to deepen our relationship with the natural world through creative expression.
We will look at excerpts from Robin Wall-Kimmerer, Ross Gay, Anne Dillard, and William Cronon, among others.