“Writing with Nature” class offered at Belfast Senior College
A six-week workshop, “Writing with Nature and a Sense of Place” will be taught by Linda Buckmaster at Belfast Senior College on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center. The class is open to writers or wannabe writers of any level who will write new poetry, prose, or something in between. The session begins September 17 and registration is required.
The course will include discussions on craft and the work of other writers for inspiration. Writing exercises and prompts will focus on the “writer’s toolkit” of image, voice, language, and structure that are used in any genre. As weather and mobility allow, we will write in plein air on occasion. Participants will write in class and at home.
“Writing ‘with’ nature isn’t just writing ‘about’ nature or place,” Buckmaster notes. “It can be writing inspired by, in response to, influenced by, or even counter to the natural world. It can help us ground our writing on any topic with a sense of place and encompasses the built environments of human life as well.”
Buckmaster has over thirty publications in regional and national journals and three poetry chapbooks. One of her pieces was named a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays 2013.” Former Belfast Poet Laureate, she has taught in the University of Maine system for twenty years and was previously an editor for a national magazine. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Communication from the University of Maine. In the past year, she was awarded writing residencies in Newfoundland, Vermont, Portugal, and on Kezar Lake.
She adds, “We’ll maintain a safe, supportive environment that recognizes there is no such thing as a mistake in writing, just the next draft.” To register, contact Belfast Senior College at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the class, e-mail Linda at email@example.com.