“Wild Places, Wild Mind:” A Writing Workshop / Saturday, September 23



Saturday, September 23

10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Willowtail Springs / 10451 County Road 39, Mancos

How do we write about wilderness and wild places, including those that live within us? What significance does wildness play in theme, setting, and character of our stories? And how can our work expand our understanding of nature and help to protect the natural world? In this workshop, we will use the backdrop of Willowtail Springs to explore our inner and outer awareness, practice with sit spots, and develop and share (if desired) timed writings. We’ll discuss selections by noted authors to inspire our work, such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ross Gay, Barbara Kingsolver, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Natalie Goldberg. This workshop is open to all levels of writers. Bring a notebook and pen, a bag lunch, water, and comfortable clothing to sit outside.

Shelley Silbert had a residency at Willowtail in March of this year. This workshop is for anyone who loves to write or is curious about writing more, and feels passionately about the natural world.


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About The Instructor:

Shelley Silbert is a writer, conservationist, and naturalist. She retired in 2022 as Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness in Durango, where she led public lands protection work for this national nonprofit for over 9 years. Previously, she worked for a decade each at Northern Arizona University and The Nature Conservancy in Flagstaff, Arizona. Shelley explores her passion for the natural world through essays, poetry and fiction.