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Fall 2020 online: Nature Writing Now

September 14 - October 19, 2020
Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six meetings)
Online via Zoom
Instructor: Daniela Molnar

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” still even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will consider some historical and contemporary nature writing. Noticing how the genre has changed over time will help us understand how our cultural conceptions of self and nature have both changed and remained the same. Contemporary nature writing often reflects complex social and political realities, while also reminding us of the abiding depth of feeling created by, for instance, placing one’s hand on a tree trunk and pausing to simply feel. In this course, your writing will be informed by both the timely and the timeless. You’ll be guided by wide-ranging prompts and supported by shared explorations in this rich, essential, and deeply meaningful way of exploring the world.

Access Program
We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classses have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate

Daniela Molnar

Daniela Molnar founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is a backcountry guide and an all-around integral part of Signal Fire, providing opportunities for artists to learn about environmental justice by engaging with public wild lands.She is founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal and Art Editor at The Bear Deluxe Magazine. Her work has been shown nationally and has been recognized by grants from the Ford Family Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She was nominated as a finalist for the Creative Climate Awards in 2018. She has been awarded numerous residencies, including Caldera, Sitka Center, and The Spring Creek Project, North Street Collective, The Sable Project, Elsewhere Studios, Sou’wester, and Leland Iron Works. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Moss, Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics, Bomb Cyclone, petrichor, LEON, Discursive Impulse, GAZE, Archivaria, and Submit.
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