Writing Wildly: The Outpost with Craig Childs

All of writing requires attention to subtle changes in color, light, tone, and smell. You are making a world for the reader, passing along a sense of motion, interaction, and place. This is the object of this retreat. We will be outside, the best classroom. In the wild, everything catches your eye. It does not come as planned, but just as it comes. Writing here is a matter of letting the story arise organically. Connecting with our environment and giving it a framework of narrative and scene, we will take five days to open senses, let the outside in, and turn it into words.

Outpost registration is $1,095 – $995 if you register by April 1, 1017 – and includes all meals, a tent site or bunk, and transportation to and from the Zumwalt Prairie from Fishtrap’s office in Enterprise.

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Craig Childs

Father, explorer, and author Craig Childs, has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including his most recent, Apocalyptic Planet, which won the Orion Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, and Outside. An occasional commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Childs lives in Western Colorado and teaches writing for both University of Alaska in Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University.

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