April 30, 2:00 p.m., Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen, MI

A Michigan Writers Outreach Collaboration: FREE workshop for writers of all levels and interested folks sponsored by the Lois Driscoll Memorial Guest Artists Series in cooperation with Michigan Writers will be held at Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen, MI.

Read On!

You love writing. You love wild nature. You know nothing is permanent. You want to tell the story of your interaction with the natural world. And yet. Come learn about eco-writing: reading it, writing it, and finding a way forward together with all Earth’s beings. This is writing that is concerned with nature, the environment, and this time of change. For all ages and levels. Bring something to write with and something to write on. Your device is just fine if it’s your tried-and-true way to keep the words flowing. Spend a little time outside before you get here. Bring something to tell us about it.

To sign up, send an email indicating your interest to library director Jennifer Thomet: [email protected]

Workshop Instructor: Alison Swan began writing about the same time she began reading books and climbing trees and awoke to the wild world outside. Her fifth book A Fine Canopy was named one of the 11th most anticipated poetry books of fall 2020 and became a bestseller at Literati Bookstore where Alison founded and leads the Eco Book Club. Her first, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes, is a Michigan Notable Book. Her poems and environmental writing have also appeared in many anthologies and journals, and she co-authored The Saugatuck Dunes: Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape, a celebration of the endangered Lake Michigan treasure. A Mesa Refuge alum and Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership Co-Winner, Alison was born in Detroit and now lives and works mostly in the Huron and Kalamazoo River watersheds, though she also credits South Florida and Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula for her sense of what’s possible. She has been teaching writing in one capacity or another since she was an undergrad at MSU and her 4th-grade teacher invited her back to lead a creative writing workshop.

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