Workshops and Retreats

Looking to be inspired? The Highlands Center offers writing, art, and naturalist workshops throughout the four seasons.

Nature Poetry & Prose:

Writing with Flowers in Bloom

This event will not take place. Check back soon for future workshops.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?” To find our own answer to Mary Oliver’s question posed in her poem “The Summer Day,” we will spend a reflective morning in the Highland Center Discovery Garden, writing among the blooming Manzanita and Cliff Roses, finding ways to remember that we are nature.

We will use our writing to pay close attention and to break down boundaries, exercising our creative muscles to move toward a different way of experiencing our natural world. After we consider the words of writers who inspire us, we will write together, prose or poetry.

$36 for members, $40 nonmembers

This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of experience.

About Our Presenter

The mountains and deserts of Arizona inspire Pam Davenport’s writing. After decades of teaching college writing and literature classes, Pam earned a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing at Pacific University in Oregon. She has led writing workshops on such topics as “Leaping into Creativity” and “A Poem in Every Moment.” Her chapbook, A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Slipstream Chapbook Competition. Pam has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a recipient of the Arizona Authors’ Association Annual Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in various anthologies and journals, including Nimrod, Poetry of the American Southwest, and New Verse News.

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