January 19, 2010

Save the Date: Environmental Writer's Workshop

Greetings from Burke Education! This is a short save-the-date notice for our 2010 Environmental Writer's Workshop. It will be held May 15, 2010.

I am excited about the instructors who have agreed to work with us. They are Jack Nisbet, Lynda Mapes, and Susan Zwinger. They bring years of experience as writers and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, nature, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about place.

As we did last year, the workshop will include time at the museum and at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Watch the Burke events calendar for a more formal announcement with details on time and cost or contact us now and we will e-mail you more information about the workshop once the details have been set. In the meantime, read on for a short biography on each of our knowledgeable instructors.
Lynda Mapes has been a daily newspaper reporter for 25 years, at four newspapers on both sides of the country. For the past 11 years she has been at the Seattle Times, where she specializes in coverage of Indian Country, natural history, and regional environmental news. She is also the author of two books, Washington: The Spirit of the Land, about landscapes of Washington, and Breaking Ground, published in May, 2009 about the inadvertent discovery of one of the largest, oldest Indian villages ever discovered in Washington State. She believes good writing begins with deep observation, and richly attentive presence in the moment.

Spokane author Jack Nisbet writes about the intersection of human and natural history. His books include Sources of the River, Purple Flat Top, Visible Bones, and The Mapmaker's Eye. His latest work is The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Pacific Northwest.

Susan Zwinger is a widely acclaimed writer and teacher. A poet and nonfiction writer, who keeps elaborate illustrated journals, she has written The Hanford Reach, The Last Wild Edge, Stalking the Ice Dragon, Still Wild, Always Wild, and co-authored Women in Wilderness. She is currently teaching for the Whidbey Island Writers’ Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction, Colorado College, The Nature Conservancy, and the Yellowstone National Park Institute (Poetry and Ecology).

Posted by: David Williams, Education