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Instructor Catherine Young and an idyllic scene from Parfrey's Glen

Writing From & About Place

Course Starts

September 30, 2021

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Course Ends

November 4, 2021

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Place is the ground we walk on and what grounds the roots of our stories. Join instructor Catherine Young in exploring a sense of place in writing.

In this course, we will consider how place is home; is setting for celebration and loss; is refuge in territories where we are uprooted. We’ll read and discuss gorgeous writing of rootedness vs. placelessness and writing that inventories vs. ecstatic writing. We’ll look for the heart of place and its edges; overcome habits of seeing according to convention or ignoring places because they are inconspicuous. We will look for patterns and forms in memorable place writing to find our own grounding. In the last part of each session, we will write to prompts based on our readings and discussions and share our writing.

Registration for this course is limited to twelve participants.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE:  Scholarship applications for this course are no longer being accepted.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail course coordinator Christopher Chambers.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. She is author of the ecopoetry collection Geosmin, and her memoir of place Black Diamonds, Blue Flames is forthcoming from Torrey House Press. Trained in Environmental Science and Geography, Young has worked as a national park...

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