Sundays, 6-8pm EST

November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12

Program Cost:


As with our other online programs, the live sessions will also be recorded, so you can participate live AND/OR by watching the recordings.

The info to access the recordings will be shared after you register.The recordings are available indefinitely, so you can watch (or re-watch!) any time.

About The Program

Check out Chip Blake’s article, Keeping Faith: Nature’s Antidote to Disillusionment.

Whether you are looking to deepen your own appreciation for nature, or to inspire readers to a new way of thinking, this class will leave you better prepared for nature writing’s challenges and opportunities.

Nature writing plays a vital role in shaping new models of how we might live on this planet. It reminds us of the wonders that surround us—and the dangers as well. Writing about nature also puts us in touch with our personal hopes, dreams, desires, and fears. It can serve to remind us of what we most want out of our lives.

But writing well about nature—whether we’re doing it professionally or personally— requires more than a curiosity about the natural world and commitment to speak on its behalf. It demands that we master the craft of writing—how we use language to best express information, ideas, and inspiration. This six-week online class is designed to help writers of all stripes—creative writers and journalists, newcomers and old hands—develop skills, tools, and access to creative energy that will make them better and more successful writers. Participants will receive direct feedback on their writing from other participants, and from the instructor as well.

Although this is an online class, we will have some outside exercises to help us along. The class will also feature a number of guest speakers, who will speak about their experience as writers, activists, and nature-lovers.

Meet the Presenter

Chip Blake

Chip Blake

Chip Blake is the former Editor-in-Chief of Orion and Milkweed Editions. Articles and books he has edited have been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the John Burroughs Medal, the Minnesota Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and have been selected for inclusion in Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He serves as a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Society of Magazine Editors.