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Environmental Humanities

Writing in Place: A Summer Writers’ Workshop

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June 9-20, 2014

Place, Nature, Food, and Culture

This immersive 2-week writers’ workshop draws upon Sterling College’s long history with the Wildbranch Writers’ Workshop to bring together leading writers, teachers, and environmental thinkers and to explore resonances between place, nature, food, and culture in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Thanks in part to a partnership with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Sterling is proud to be able to bring together some of the leading voices and teachers in environmental writing today. ASLE members are eligible for discounted registration. Read on for more details.

Participants can expect to work alongside Workshop faculty–including John Elder, Clare Walker Leslie, Rowan Jacobsen, and Ginger Strand–while crafting their own creative non-fiction, narrative, memoir, journal, or other genre that draws on the expertise of the faculty, the group, and capitalizes on the place-rootedness of Sterling College’s rural setting.

Nestled in the heart of Vermont’s vibrant agricultural region, Sterling College is an ideal host site for Writing in Place, because the workshop themes echo Sterling’s curriculum. As one of the smallest colleges in the United States, we are home to leading programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, Sustainable Food Systems, Outdoor Education, and Environmental Humanities.

Faculty

John Elder – teacher, writer, and author of many books, articles, and essays, including Reading the Mountains of Home, Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa. His books often bring together memoir and environmental history in ways that open up new landscapes to readers. John is a founding member and former president of ASLE.

Clare Walker Leslie – naturalist and artist, has taught at Williams College, Harvard’s Landscape Design Program, College of the Atlantic, Antioch New England, and many Audubon Centers and is a member of the National Guild of Scientific Illustrators. She has taught Nature Drawing and the Nature Journal. Clare has written 11 books, the latest being The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms.

Ginger Strand – author of three books: Flight, a novel, Inventing Niagara, the untold story of America’s waterfall, and Killer on the Road, a history of the interstate highway system told through the stories of the killers who have haunted it. She has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper’s, The Believer, The Iowa Review, The New England Review and the New York Times, as well as This Land and Orion, where she is a contributing editor.

Rowan Jacobsen – author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, The Living Shore, American Terroir, and Shadows on the Gulf. He has written for the New York Times, Harper’s, Outside, Mother Jones, Orion, and others, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best Food Writing collections.

Registration and Application

Workshop enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

Participants can enroll in Writing in Place either under the aegis of Sterling’s Continuing Education program or for 4 undergraduate credits through Sterling College.

Cost is $1,800 ($1,500 for ASLE members) for the two weeks of the workshop. On campus housing and meals are additional. Note that in addition to regular vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, the Sterling College kitchen strives to accommodate a full range of dietary restrictions and preferences.

Application deadline is April 25, 2014. Workshop participants will receive registration confirmation once they submit a deposit.

Participants can register anytime using this form.

For inquiries regarding College credit, please contact Sterling College Admission at admission@sterlingcollege.edu (802-586-7711 x100). All other inquiries should be sent to the Coordinator of Academic Programs, Laura Lea Berry, at lberry@sterlingcollege.edu (802-586-7711 x.107).