Do you feel overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us but aren’t quite sure how to express it? Do you have something to say about nature but nothing you put on paper seems to quite hit the heart of your feelings? Let the wild writer inside of you free! In this full day backcountry hike seize the opportunity to experiment with a variety of writing exercises to help you describe what you’re seeing or find the words to communicate with others about your passion. Find inspiration from contemporary nature writers such as Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams and learn from their techniques on how to capture emotion. Explore writing from poetry to prose to persuasion. The day is spent hiking in wilderness, with writing exercises at a variety of environments from field to forest to stream. Participants may take one or both classes as topics and exercises will change.

Instructor: Molly Murfee.

Writing the Wild

Saturday August 25th, 2018

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration: $120

  • Required Equipment:  Basic equipment includes journal and writing utensil. Backpack with day hiking gear should include: 2 quarts of water; lunch and trail snacks; hiking clothes such as flexible, quick dry shorts or pants and short sleeve shirts; sturdy close-toe hiking boots or shoes; rain pants and jacket; warm layers such as fleece; visor or sun hat; warm, lightweight hat and gloves; sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Physical Ability:  Moderate hiking ability required with ability to climb up to 700 - 1,000 feet of elevation gain and loss; ability to sit / stand / and walk on and off trail for six hours.
  • Session Location & Transportation:  Students meet at the 4-way in Crested Butte and will carpool to the wilderness location from there. The wilderness setting will be specifically selected based on conditions of flora, fauna, weather and habitat.