Workshops and Retreats

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

Nature Writing: Eco Poetry and Prose

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In her poem “The Summer Day” Mary Oliver writes, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?” To answer this question, we might, like Oliver, spend reflective time in our living world, finding ways to remember that we are nature, using our writing to pay close attention and to break down boundaries between us and our fellow creatures.

In this all-day workshop we will exercise 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 in prose or in poetry. Participants will leave with at least two new pieces of writing, ideas for enhancing our own writing, the inspiration to see nature, and the knowledge to understand how we are a part of it.

$60, 10% Discount for HCNH Members.

This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of experience.

About Our Presenter

Pam Davenport brings us knowledge and writing that is inspired by the mountains and deserts of Arizona. 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 Slipstream Chapbook Competition and was published in August 2019. 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, Tinderbox, Slippery Elm, Poetry of the American Southwest, Chiron, New Verse News, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.