Aspiring and experienced naturalist writers are invited to join Whitefield author Andrea Lani for a reading of her book “Uphill Both Ways: Hike to Happiness on the Colorado Trail” and a writing workshop on nature at the Hidden Valley Nature Center on Saturday, June 18 from June 1 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the parking lot at 1 p.m. and walk the half-mile to the barn, practicing clearing their minds and opening their senses road course. At the barn, the group will seek inspiration from the natural world through exercises designed to hone observation skills, sharpen the senses and deepen their connection with nature.
Exploring the surroundings of the barn, in groups and alone, participants will closely observe a natural object, moving from description to metaphor, from metaphor to memory and from memory to emotion. Through this process, each person will generate a short poem or vignette and walk away with deep observation and writing practice that can be used anywhere.
At the end of the workshop, Lani will give a short reading and book signing. A copy of “Uphill Both Ways” is included in the price of the workshop, which is $25 for Midcoast Conservancy members and $30 for non-members. For more information and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events-list/writing-from-nature-workshop.
Hidden Valley Nature Center is located at 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson.