Willamette Writers hosts “Writing the Natural World”
How do storytellers and poets help to reveal the world around us—and our place in it? At the Saturday, Feb. 18 meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast branch, author Susan DeFreitas will focus on writing as a tool for mindfulness in developing and deepening our sense of place.
Participants will explore both poetry and prose, gaining tools for “seeing and saying” what often goes unnoticed in the rush of our daily lives. Appropriate for seasoned writers and curious newcomers alike, this class will incorporate elements of natural history, the poetic tradition, and contemporary literature of the West.
The free workshop is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.
DeFreitas is the author of the novel Hot Season, which won the 2017 Gold IPPY Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain West. An author, editor, and educator, DeFreitas is a contributor at Litreactor. Her creative work has appeared in (or is forthcoming from) The Writer’s Chronicle, The Utne Reader, Story, Southwestern American Literature, and Weber—The Contemporary West, along with more than twenty other journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Pacific University and lives in Portland, where she serves as a collaborative editor with Indigo Editing & Publications.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast/or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.