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The Language of Nature: Online Writing Workshop

February 1, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - March 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm


Winter means a time to reflect, to follow the inward-turning curiosity, to match language to the constant change and cycling of the natural world. Join the Natural History Institute in this five week workshop that will help you find and tell your own stories of nature.

In this series of five weekly, online, small group sessions, NHI Program Director Jessie Rack will provide guidance for crafting and revising your nature writing. Perfect for beginners or those interested in real-time feedback on their writing. Sessions will occur on Zoom, and will include short presentations on elements of writing, discussions of readings, time to write and revise, and intimate workshops with Jessie and fellow writers. Between sessions, brief reading and writing assignments will guide writers to analyze the work of published nature writers and shape a piece of their own.

Dates and Itinerary (all times displayed in Arizona time/MST):

  • February 1st, 4pm – 6pm: Elements in nature writing
  • February 8th, 4pm – 6pm: Main idea and motive
  • February 15th, 4pm – 6pm: Structure
  • February 22nd, 4pm – 6pm: Word pictures and storytelling
  • March 1st, 4pm – 6pm: Incorporating research

Open to writers of all levels and geographies. Classes will be held entirely on Zoom, and readings and other documents will be shared via Google drive. All classes will be recorded and stored in a shared folder, accessible by other classmates.

COST (five sessions): $125.

Space is limited!

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JESSIE RACK is an ecologist, naturalist, and environmental educator passionate about communicating how the world works. Jessie has a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and diverse experiences in both formal and informal education. She taught writing at Princeton University and wrote for the NPR ScienceDesk. Jessie is also a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, one of 125 women in STEM fields chosen to be a science role model to middle school girls. She is the Program Director at the Natural History Institute.


February 1, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
March 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
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Natural History Institute