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Foundations of Nature Writing (Online)

Schedule and location

Please note: Early online spring registration is open February 24 through March 1 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members and guests on March 2.

Thursday, June 17, 2021:  Access Tree Learning online materials at noon Central (available for 60 days)
Thursday, June 24, Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
Thursday, July 1, 2021: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
Thursday, July 8, 2021: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
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Fees and registration

$110.50 member
$130.00 guest
 
ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
 

Course description

Learn the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your wordsmithing skills in this online course from The Morton Arboretum. Over the course of four weeks, you will complete three self-paced e-learning modules and attend weekly scheduled Zoom sessions with your instructor and classmates.

Whether you’re a blogger, a novelist, a poet, or simply enjoy keeping a personal journal, writing is a fun and meaningful way to deepen your connection to the natural world. Through weekly online assignments and interactive Zoom sessions, you will:

  • Learn from the masters by reading classic nature writing--non-fiction, fiction, poetry and more--and dig into it to see what makes it work.
  • Learn to engage  your audience through your choices as a writer and develop your personal voice.
  • Hone your writing skills by  practicing a variety of nature writing techniques.
  • Cultivate the habit of writing regularly.
  • Learn how to give and receive constructive critique while workshopping some of your assignments with your classmates.
     

How Online Classes Work:

  • To access the course, you will log into TreeLearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Instructions for accessing TreeLearning will be sent to registrants on the day the course begins. You have access to the course for 60 days.
  • Complete self-paced e-learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding. These modules do not need to be completed in one sitting.
  • Complete weekly mini writing assignments and a final project.
  • Join bi-weekly live Zoom sessions with your instructor to share assignments and complete writing prompts together.

The same qualities of good writing apply to everything from blogs to books. No matter your background or interest, join us, and become the writer you always dreamed you could be!

Class schedule:

  • Session 1: Complete e-learning module on your own (approx 90 min)
  • Session 2: Join live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
  • Session 3: Complete e-learning module on your own (approx 90 min)
  • Session 4: Join live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central
  • Session 5: Complete e-learning module on your own (approx 90 min)
  • Session 6: Join live Zoom session, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Central

How do I access the online program?

  • A link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time.
     

Course number

N095

Instructor

Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, including "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction," co-author of "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" and author of "Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural and Cultural History" (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Cindy is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a Master's Degree in Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass @Wordpress and teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more at www.cindycrosby.com.

Course details

Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration. Must know how to use a web browser and how to send and receive email. Expect to spend two hours per week completing online assignments and writing exercises.

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