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

Writing From & About Place


Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. Trained in Environmental Science and Geography, Young has worked as a national park ranger, farmer, mother, and educator before completing her MFA in creative writing at UBC Vancouver. Her writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and...

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Course Starts

September 30, 2021

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Course Ends

November 4, 2021

Course Cost


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 gogeous 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: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

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.

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