Writing with Nature

My daughter Nicola-Jane le Breton is coordinating this wonderful nature writing retreat. Wish I could be there! If you are a nature writer, or would like to be, this is the place to go. I can’t put all the images and extra information about the programme in here; go to the address below to find out more, and don’t delay, as this one will be very popular!

                                                        Writing in the Wild:

A Nature Writers’ Retreat in Denmark, WA, Oct 14-16

Explore the wonders of the Great South West Edge and practice the craft of nature writing. 

Stimulate your senses. Ignite your creative flame. Renew your spirit. 

Find your poetic voice. Explore your connection to nature. 

Open your heart through writing. 

Where forest, river and inlet meet the sea. 

In this inaugural nature writing event at Denmark’s Centre for Sustainable Living, 

writers will engage with ecologists in a creative and educational exploration of local landscapes.

Three prize-winning published nature writers from Perth, Annamaria Weldon, John Charles Ryan, and Nandi Chinna will offer presentations, readings, workshops, writing facilitation, a panel discussion (with other local guest writers) and mentoring in the field for participants of Writing in the Wild.
“In times of grief and disconnection, nature writing whispers about our connectedness. The fate of the hakea is also ours,” writes John Ryan, botanist and award winning poet, and guest writer at the retreat.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be a choice of three themed and guided wilderness walks – coastal rock formations, forest wildflowers, and inlet shorebirds. Each of the naturalist-guides will be accompanied by a local writing facilitator and a published guest writer as mentor. Local writing facilitators will be Silvia Lehmann, Linda Bradbury and Nicola-Jane le Breton.

Other highlights open to the broader community to attend are: an evening with the artists at Tea House Books in Denmark on Friday night, and an engaging Panel discussion hosted by Bookmark at the Albany Museum.

The topic for the Panel is titled “The crying game – writing about nature, our great disconnect” and will explore the struggle that many writers from a non-indigenous Australian heritage have writing about the Australian landscape. Two local writers will join the three visiting artists for this discussion with Andrew Collins, from ABC radio, moderating the event.

Writing in the Wild

14-16 October  2011, Centre for Sustainable Living, Denmark, WA
Residential and non-residential options available, from $290.
Information and Bookings: CSL, (08) 9848 3310 or csl@denmarkcsl.com.au
An early bird bonus of one extra night’s free accommodation is available for registrations made by Friday 30 September 2011.
REGISTRATIONS:   9848 3310 or csl@denmarkcsl.com.au

Managed by:               Green Skills and Denmark Arts

Partnership with:          Tea House Books and Bookmark

Funded by:                    Writing WA

Project Co-ordinator:Nicola-Jane le Breton


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  1. You can find more information on the Centre for Sustainable Living’s website (the Retreats page): http://www.denmarkcsl.com.au/retreats.htm
    This page will be updated in the next day or two with more current information, but the brochure is available to download from there. It will be a wonderful retreat – a great mix between inspirational writers and passionate naturalists – not to mention the stunning landscapes you’ll have the opportunity to explore.

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