Calling all Rachel Carsons, Henry David Thoreaus, and other mountain-living, nature-loving writers. Have you ever been on one of your epic backcountry adventures and been inspired to put it to paper? If nature compels you to be creative, then we’ve got some great news for you. An upcoming writing workshop will feature freelance author and university teacher Dr. Beth Keefauver, whose work has appeared in Bluestem Magazine, The Citron Review, Pisgah Review, Stirring, Blue Lotus Review, Press 53 Blog, ISLE, Grist, Great Smokies Review, and more. The three-part course is free and will cover poetry, fiction, and biography writing with an emphasis on nature and ecology. You can learn more and register below. Happy trails!
Writing for the Wild: Adventures in Eco-Writing
Spring Creative Writing Workshops with Fairview Author and Teacher, Dr. Beth Keefauver
In this series, we will write about encounters with the natural world through workshops in poetry, fiction, and autobiography. Drawing from the experiences you bring to class, and using a naturalist's eye for observation and detail, you will capture encounters with vast mountain ranges and lush forests, garden insects and backyard bears, moon phases, and songbird migrations. We will read example texts and practice writing prompts to deepen our relationship with nonhuman nature. We will also discuss how eco-writing supports climate activism, environmental justice, conservation, and related issues.
The classes may be taken individually or as a series (note: you need to register for every class you wish to attend):
All classes are held at the Fairview Library. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, click the links above or call 828-250-6484. This class series is sponsored in part by the Friends of Fairview Library.
Beth Keefauver is a freelance writer who teaches Creative & Professional Writing, Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, and her work has appeared in Bluestem Magazine, The Citron Review, Pisgah Review, Stirring, Blue Lotus Review, Press 53 Blog, ISLE, Grist, Great Smokies Review, and the anthology, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress, 2014). She has written and performed in the Asheville area for LYLAS, an all female comedy troupe, and “Listen to This,” a monthly storytelling series. She is a former fiction editor of Grist. Beth lives in Fairview, NC with her husband and two young sons.