Writing In, About, and for Nature: A Workshop

May 16th, 2010
A Nature Writing Workshop with Sue Cerulean
The FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Cost $50 for Workshop ($40 for students)

Susan Cerulean, Workshop Leader,
is a long-time local writer, editor and naturalist. Her latest work is Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida's Gulf, edited with Janisse Ray and A. James Wohlpart. Audubon Magazine named Cerulean's nature memoir, Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites, Editors' Choice, landing Cerulean the Sierra Club's Florida Chapter annual nature writing award in December 2005. Her writing has been anthologized in To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature; A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places; and The Atlantic Coast and Piedmont: A Literary Field Guide. Cerulean edited Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf, The Book of the Everglades, The Wild Heart of Florida, and others.

The practice of nature writing-whether memoir or poem, journal entry or essay-begins with patient, informed observation of a particular place. In this daylong workshop, we invite you to take time away from the distractions of daily life, and enter into the larger reality of the land and waters that support us.

Under shady pines along the beach of Apalachee Bay we will:

* Practice quick, informal writing exercises to sharpen skills of observation;
* Study the art and importance of concrete detail;
* Learn to keep a nature journal, and why it's important at this time on the planet;
* Consider being a voice (jubilant? indignant? curious? reverent?) for this place we live in and love.

What to bring: lunch & something to drink, light folding chair, journal and pens, hat, and sunscreen.

To register, please contact Sharon Thoman at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory at or call 850.697.4095. Credit cards accepted.