Home Upcoming Events WRITING THE WILD SPIRIT: A Nature/Eco Poetry/Eco Justice Generative Writing Intensive – G21W0127WI

WRITING THE WILD SPIRIT: A Nature/Eco Poetry/Eco Justice Generative Writing Intensive – G21W0127WI

Open to New Mexico residents and out-of-state residents who have quarantined in NM for 14 days prior to arrival at the ranch.

Drawing inspiration from the colossal beauty of the landscape of Ghost Ranch, Writing the Wild focuses on writing nature/eco/eco justice poems with a view to publication.  Taught by award-winning poet and editor, Pam Uschuk (who will teach remotely via Zoom), this course will have several morning teaching sessions and evening small group sharing. Plenty of writing and wandering time is built-in.

The class explores how diverse writers use their observations about and interactions/interconnection with the wild natural world to fuel-inject and enliven their poems. Emphasis is on technique as well as on a spiritual connection to land.  Among the poets studied are Linda Hogan, WS Merwin, Joy Harjo, Drew Lanham, Camille Dungy, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Alice Walker, CMarie Fuhrman, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, Leslie Marmon Silko, etc.   As well as reading and discussing poems, participants actively write. Writing prompts and written feedback on work generated in the intensive are provided by the instructor.  Everyone keeps a daily nature journal and may share their writings.  Participants will take nature walks on this beautiful 21,000 acre ranch.  One day is devoted to discussing how and where to get work published.  Participants can expect to to generate 10-15 finished poems.

TEXTS:  Orion Magazine,  Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, terrain.org,, Ecotone,  Dwellings by Linda Hogan, Ecopoetry, edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth, Black Nature, edited by Camille Dungy, Ghost Fishing, edited by Melissa Tuckey, and When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, edited by Joy Harjo, Jennifer Forester and LeAnne Howe.

Reserve your space with a $200 deposit. Click the blue button (above right)
Rates: $1,195
Includes: single occupancy private bath/6 nights, 17 meals + tuition
2nd person in the same room taking same course or different course – $795
2nd person in the same room not taking a course/Non-Participant – $250

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

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies to limit touchpoint and sharing.



Please use the options below to find helpful information regarding Ghost Ranch Workshops and Retreats

No notes for this event

Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request


Click here to see a full list of FAQs

What day/time does the workshop start and end?

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.
Register Now


  • 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.


Jan 10 - 16 2021



More Info


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest