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Nature Writing Workshop (Online)

Schedule and location

Sunday, October 4 , 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m
Monday, October 5, 2020: Access online self-paced materials (available for 60 days) (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 12, 2020: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, October 26, 2020: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, November 9, 2020: Live Zoom session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fees and registration

$95.20 member
$110.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( 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. In this six-week online course, you will complete self-paced assignments and attend 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.

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!

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Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Cindy Crosby is the author, co-author, or contributor to more than 20 books; her most recent is "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" (with Thomas Dean). She is also the author of "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction" (Northwestern University Press). Cindy received her Masters in Natural Resources from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014, and  is a trainer for the National Association of Interpretation, helping naturalists and cultural history interpreters become certified as guides. She is the steward for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at the Arboretum, and Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, IL. Cindy blogs weekly at "Tuesdays in the Tallgrass at Wordpress", and speaks and teaches in the Midwest on natural history subjects. Read more at www.cindycrosby.com.

Course details

Notes: Limit 14

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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