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April 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Class is in session: nature/enviro writing workshop, at the Burke

The Burke’s annual daylong workshop on environmental writing kicks off May 4, at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle.

The Burke's annual workshop on environmental writing ofers a chance to meet new emerging writers, learn tips from the pros, and stretch your imagination. Here, the 2009 class gets cracking.  Photo by Cahterine Anstett.

The Burke’s annual workshop on environmental writing offers a chance to meet emerging writers, learn tips from the pros, and stretch your imagination. Here, the 2009 class gets cracking.
Photo by Catherine Anstett.

This year’s instructors include Seattle’s own David Montgomery, the rocking geomorphology prof at the University of Washington with three books under his belt, most recently, The Rocks Don’t Lie. Winner of the so-called “genius award” from the MacArthur Foundation, he knows his way around weaving a narrative better than most anybody.  Instructors David George Gordon and Brenda Guiberson round out the mix.

Learning the art of observation at the Montlake Fill, during the 2009 environmental writing workshop at the Burke.  Photo by Catherine Anstett

Learning the art of observation at the Montlake Fill, during the 2009 environmental writing workshop at the Burke.
Photo by Catherine Anstett

Facilitated by David Williams of the Burke, and author most recently of Cairns Messengers in Stone, I’ve attended this workshop in the past, and taught it, too. It’s a day rich with the pleasure of the company of other writers and joy of learning the craft.

Class starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. Lunch is provided with the $100 fee and scholarships are available with a student ID. Ten percent discount for Burke members.

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