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 of Billings, Mont., is a poet, performance artist, and former instructor in literature and writing.