An outdoor workshop for writers and non-writers based on close observation of the natural world and exploration of the historical, cultural, and geological background of the area. The goal is to push past boundaries and create work in any genre, including poetry, fiction, and personal reflection. Beginning with a brief discussion of the writing process and the purpose of the workshop, we enlist the expertise of a local guide for a short tour and orientation of the workspace (park, nature area, or other outdoor location). Afterward, writers wander and explore to find inspiration for their writing. At the end we gather together and share our work in an informal workshop setting. Limited to 10-15 participants, the program can be tailored to the needs of the sponsoring organization and audience. It is usually about four hours long and can include an evening reading that is open to the public.
Dave Caserio is the author of This Vanishing and Wisdom For A Dance In The Street, and is co-editor of the anthology series, I Am Montana: Student Reflections on Identity and Place. He is a founding member of the Young Poets program at MSUB, conducts writing workshops for the Frameworks program at the Lincoln Center in Billings and is the producer of a series of poetry-in-performance events, most notably, A Feast For The Hunger Moon. Publications include, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone, and Poems Across the Big Sky, Volume II.