The Workshops: Nature Writing

July 8-15, 2017

Nature Writing

Writing will be in two genres: both poetry and the essay (nonfiction, creative, and investigative). There will be reading assignments every day to coordinate with the writing assignment/prompts. We will look at classical as well as modern poems in rhetorical categories to show different ways to write about nature: the pastoral (which tends to be descriptive); the georgic (which is specifically instructive, didactic); and the eclogue (which involves two or more voices, and perhaps some debate). We’ll also look at neoclassical, romantic, modern, and contemporary aesthetic models. There will be daily engagement in science and field work in the bucolic countryside surrounding Kenyon’s campus.

Workshop is limited to 10 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a sample of your work. The sample should be no more than five pages and can be either three or four poems or a short essay. This class is team taught by David Baker and members of the Kenyon College Biology Department. Apply now!

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