A small group of writers will walk the Verdun shore of the St. Lawrence River, known as Kaniatarowanénhne in the language of the Kanien’keha:ka, with time to sit and write outside.  

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Time: four Saturdays, 09:00 to 11:00

Duration: 8 May - 29 May, 2021

Location: St. Lawrence River in Verdun—, ,

Description

*Rain date June 5*

Open to all who can comfortably walk on uneven ground.

Limited to 8 participants.

A small group of writers will walk the Verdun shore of the St. Lawrence River, known as Kaniatarowanénhne in the language of the Kanien’keha:ka, with time to sit and write outside. 

The physical and mental work of walking stimulates creativity. Participants will be guided in focusing observing eyes and imaginations, surrounded by the growing and living things of the season—grasses, trees, herons, snails, red-winged blackbirds. With sessions spread over a month, we will attend to changes in the air, water, plants and animals, and the quality of light. 

Participants will choose spots along the river where they can observe, contemplate, and write as they are moved to do, singly or in small groups. You do not have to do “nature writing,” although you can—bring a work in progress, any genre, or start something new by the water. Writing prompts and exercises will be available for those who like a little kickstart. 

We will consider issues of craft and writing practice. A few short readings will be offered; you will have the opportunity to share work for feedback. 

Sturdy shoes (there may be mud) and layered clothing that can get dirty are required. Sunhat and/or sunglasses, water, and your preferred writing tools (laptops not ideal) will make the workshop safer, more enjoyable, and more productive. If masks are recommended by public health authorities, participants will be required to wear them except when sitting or walking alone.

Workshop leader

Elise Moser’s most recent book is What Milly Did, a nonfiction book for kids about Milly Zantow, the woman who invented plastics recycling. Her YA novel, Lily and Taylor, appeared in 2013, and the novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It in 2009. She coordinates the Atwater Writers Exhibition, co-organizes the Holiday Pop-up Book Fair, and is an Associate Editor with Linda Leith Publishing. She has led workshops and been a mentor for QWF. She led a River Walk for the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in 2018.

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