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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:37

Learn to set a sense of place in upcoming workshop for writers

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Registration for a space-limited nature writers’ intensive workshop scheduled for this fall is now open.

The Wilderness Society, a national organization with offices in Sylva, will be hosting the three-day event with author Janisse Ray. It will take place at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center outside of Highlands from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.   

The workshop is for writers committed to communicating the importance of place — where you live, where you hike, where your drinking water comes from — and what matters about both its present and future state.   

Participants will spend their time engaged in both dialogue and writing exercises.

Janisse Ray is the award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, of which “The New York Times” said, “the South has found its Rachel Carson.”   

Evenings will include special guests such as regional authors Thomas Rain Crowe, John Lane and Barbara Duncan.

Early registration fee for this workshop is $450 per person, and includes three nights of double-occupancy lodging, as well as all meals and workshop materials. mountaincenters.org.

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