A small group of writers will walk the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Verdun, with time to sit and write outside.

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Time: four Saturdays, 09:00 to 11:15

Duration: 9 May - 30 May, 2020

Location: St. Lawrence River in Verdun—, ,


9:00–11:15 A.M. – May 9, 16, 23, & 30 (Rain date: June 6)

All are welcome. Limited to 10 participants.

A small group of writers will walk the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Verdun, with time to sit and write outside.

The physical and mental work of walking stimulates creative juices. The river is accessible to anyone who can walk uneven ground. It is a quiet place to be in company of grasses, trees, herons, snails, ducks and red-winged blackbirds. Participants will be guided in focusing their observing eyes and imaginations, surrounded by the growing and living things of the season. With sessions spread over a month, we will attend to seasonal changes in the air, water, plants, and animals, and the quality of light.

Participants will choose spots along the river path 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. We will also consider the specific human history of this place.

A few short readings will be assigned, and participants will have the opportunity to share their own work for feedback.

Sturdy shoes (there may be mud) and layered clothing that can get dirty are required. A sunhat and/or sunglasses, water, and your preferred writing tools (laptops may not be ideal) will make the workshop safer, more enjoyable, and more productive.

Workshop leader

Credit: Fred Lauing
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 from Groundwood Books in 2013, and the novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It from Cormorant Books 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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