Prince William Sound Community College is proud to announce that award-winning Alaskan nature writer Bill Sherwonit will be teaching a creative non-fiction writing workshop, “Writing Down the Wild,” April 25- 27. For only $175, this non-credit community interest course is a fantastic opportunity to nurture your creativity this spring.
Students will examine and practice the steps necessary for powerful, effective nature writing (and creative nonfiction writing in general). This will include spending time outdoors in the local landscape, as well as reading, writing, and group discussions. The terms “wildness” and “wild nature” will be considered, and students will explore the ways that this practice——this way of being in the world——can lead not only to compelling stories, but also to an increased intimacy with the wildness that surrounds us, wherever we are, and that each of us carries within us.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bill Sherwonit has called Alaska home since 1982. He has contributed essays and articles to a wide variety of publications, and is also the author of 13 books. His most recent books include Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey and Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness. Most of Sherwonit’s work focuses on Alaskan subjects, with emphases on wilderness adventure, wildlands preservation, environmental issues, natural history, wildlife management, relationship with place, and notions of wildness, including the wildness to be found in and around his adopted home, Anchorage.
This course takes place over the weekend on April 25–27. It meets Friday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is required, and there is a maximum of 12 students. To register or get more information, call 907-834-1600, or stop by PWSCC’s Valdez Campus during normal business hours.