The Grand Teton Association’s summer writing program, “Writers in the Environment,” produced by Jackson author Tina Welling, is a superlative venue for writers looking for a workshop that takes place outdoors, under the canopy of the Park’s crazy blue summer skies, under the sheltering pines. The 2012 list of workshops has been announced.
June 9, 2012: Writer, musician and former Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romtvedt’s workshop will focus on ancient Chinese poetry. These writers ventured out in small boats and chanted poems to the full moon. “Sometimes they drank too much wine and fell out of their boats,” notes Welling. The Chinese poems and the way they integrated the life of the individual with the natural world will be explored.
July 14, 2012:Jackson, Wyoming writer Jayme Feary specializes in narrative nonfiction and is a frequent magazine contributor. The Wyoming Arts Council awarded him a 2011 Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. He earned an MFA from the University of Montana, where he taught composition and creative nonfiction. His workshop, “Storytelling–The Secret Behind ‘Show, Don’t Tell,” How can we shift our writing from telling to showing? Practice writing a really great scene.
August 11, 2012: “Write From the River,” Hannah Hinchman’s writing workshop, explores side-channels, gathers interesting debris, cuts through layers and finds its way around obstacles. Outdoor time to reflect, respond and “read the currents.” Hinchman has taught field journal workshops across the country for 25 years. Her second book, A Trail Through Leaves: the Journal as a Path to Place is used as a text in several environmental studies programs.
September 8, 2012: Matt Daly is the author of Wild Nature and the Human Spirit: a Field Guide to Journal Writing in Nature. His writing appears in numerous publications, including To Everything On Earth, Stories of the Wild and Ahead of Their Time: Wyoming Voices for Wilderness. He teaches creative writing workshops in Wyoming for teens and adults. During Daly’s three-hour workshop participants will complete a series of writing exercises to be used as compost for short poems. Participants will have the opportunity to hone descriptive and poetic language as they record sensory experience, to practice the use of honest voice as they make connections between experience and personal beliefs, to adapt journal entries into poems and to share writing with peers.
Workshop attendees meet at 9:00am at the flagpole in front of the Moose Visitor Center, then drive to the Lucas/Fabian cabins to sit on the porch, beside Cottonwood Creek, to write.