Wild Writing Workshop: Nature as Inspiration

Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm

$45 per person, ($40 for Friends of Pepperwood) 
Ages 13 and up welcome
Meet at the Bechtel House 

This October, carve some time to explore your natural surroundings and write with fellow nature enthusiasts. This class will be filled with prompts, explorations of the local environment, and a chance to share your favorite work from the day. Wild writing is a form of nature writing, with an emphasis on letting go of our inner critic and letting our words arrive on the page as they are. Writers of all backgrounds and levels are welcome, including folks who want to write, but are intimidated by the process. The workshop will consist of discussions, nature walks, solitary writing time, and readings.

In this workshop led by local Sonoma County poet and environmental educator Allie Rigby, all forms of writing are welcome, in addition to nature writing. Participants can opt to center themselves around the simple act of writing in nature, as well as the healing and exciting aspect of sharing newly written words with each other. We will also explore the resilient landscapes and beautiful vistas of Pepperwood to help center our writing. While nature writing is encouraged, any form of writing is welcome. We will also examine an excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams and a poem from Ada Limón. Finally, we will conclude our time together with space for sharing our work, where participants are encouraged but not required to share their words. All levels of writers and nature enthusiasts are welcome!

Some of the activities will be held in the field, and may include hiking 1-3 miles at a slow pace.

Allie Rigby is a San Francisco Bay Area poet with roots in the chaparral suburbs of southern California. Her poems challenge and explore notions of wilderness, mental health, genetic memory, and placemaking. Allie’s writing includes a Pushcart Prize nomination, and is published in the Manzano Mountain Review, Living on Earth Radio, Parenthesis Journal, PostScript Magazine, Cholla Needles, Visitant Lit, and more. Right now, Allie is pursuing her MA in creative writing at San Francisco State University, with hopes to complete her degree by the spring of 2022, and perhaps continue with their MFA program.
Before focusing on the literary arts, Allie taught outdoor education to elementary students at Walker Creek Ranch for over six years. On weekends, you can find Allie leading writing workshops, reading, and trying to cook zucchini noodles. She is grateful to the larger, global community of poets, writers, and changemakers from around the world.

Please note: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please bring a mask – we will require masks to be worn indoors during this event (this includes in the bathrooms), regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required while outdoors. Please practice good hand washing hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Friends of Pepperwood: Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Associate, at sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for Friends of Pepperwood opens Monday, July 19, 2021. Registration opens for the public on Friday, July 23, 2021.