Writing: Kimberly Ridley
Wild Words: Nature Writing – How do we find the words to express our love and concern for the natural world? How do we weave these words together with precision and care into nature writing that engages the hearts and minds of others? Spend a week on the edge of Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness gaining skills in the delicate balance between lyricism and science that good nature writing embodies. Through daily observation, journaling, and writing exercises, new and experienced writers will develop fresh ways of seeing nature and then writing about what they’ve seen and felt.
Participants will develop and hone their nature writing through reading, writing practice, and revision and share and discuss their work in collegial and supportive workshops. The instructor will provide individual feedback. By the end of the week, participants will have drafts of at least one nature essay, notebooks full of fresh ideas, and tools for cultivating and sustaining a nature writing practice. We also will discuss submitting nature writing to potential publication outlets.
Kimberly Ridley is a contributing editor to Downeast Magazine, author of award-winning nature books for children, and a former magazine editor whose essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world, and taught nature writing to thousands of school children. A Maine native, she is an avid birder and naturalist. kimberlyridley.org