Home Upcoming Events VIRTUAL: Writing in the Wild: Eco Poetry in a Time of Climate Change – A Poetry Intensive – G201041V

VIRTUAL: Writing in the Wild: Eco Poetry in a Time of Climate Change – A Poetry Intensive – G201041V

This three-day generative writing intensive will focus on eco poetry and eco justice poetry.  Each session is 80 minutes long and meets 5:00-6:20pm MST each day. We will meet via Zoom.  During the intensive, participants will receive model poems and a writing prompt.  We will focus on the basis poetic technique (Imagery, Sound and Rhythm, and Line Breaks).

Some of the poets whose work we will discuss are Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, W.S. Merwin, Rita Dove, Jenn Givhan, Teresa Mei Chuc, Jim Harrison, Richard Vargas, Drew Lanham, Tami Haaland, CM Fuhrman, and Ocean Vuong.

Before the first session, all participants will receive a packet of model poems so that they may read them in order to discuss them.

Session One:  Imagery.  We will concentrate on how to create powerful imagery through fresh, original metaphors.  There will be a discussion of model poems to look at the various ways that poets use metaphor.  Participants will receive a poetry prompt and have overnight to write their first draft.

Session Two:  Sound & Rhythm.  Learn to use repetition, pitch, cacophony, fluidity, assonance and more to effect in poetry.   Participants will share the poem they wrote from their first prompt.  There will be a discussion of model poems.  The second poetry prompt employing sound techniques will be given.  Participants again have overnight to write a first draft.

Session Three:  Line Breaks & Stanzas.  This session will focus on breath, pacing, enjambments to create tension and end-stopped lines in poems.  There will be a discussion of model poems to see how Imagery, Sound and Line Breaks create and impel emotion and meaning in poems.  All participants will have a chance to read their poems aloud to the group.

The instructor will write brief critical notes on the poems generated in this writing-intensive (three poems for each participant).  Participants will be asked to email their work to the instructor, and the instructor will critique and return them via email.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or other person that shares your full-time residence.


  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.
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  • Pam Uschuk
    Pam Uschuk

    Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including “Crazy Love,” winner of a 2010 American Book Award, “Finding Peaches In The Desert” (Tucson/Pima Literaature Award), “Blood Flower, Wings Press,” one of Book List’s 2015 Notable Books. Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including “Poetry,” “Ploughshares,” “Agni Review,” “Parnassus Review,” etc.

    Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwriers.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International.

    Editor-In-Chief of “Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts,” Uschuk lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, first Tucson Poet Laureate William Pitt Root. She edited the anthology, “Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017.” Other editing projects include the in-progress, “Contemporary Chicanx Writers Anthology,” co-sponsored by Cutthroat and The Black Earth Institute.


Oct 29 - 31


$95.00 (+/-$30 scholarship support - optional)

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