What would a novel written by a cloud look like? What about a poem written by a snail? And how can our understanding of these questions change the way we human animals create works of creative writing? Reading works from writers like Robin Wall Kimmerer, Anna Tsing, and Robert Macfarlane, we will explore the role of the natural world in literature, and of literature in the natural world. Using observation and prompts we will practice de-centering the human perspective and using the natural world as a north star in creative work. Writers from all backgrounds and all genres are encouraged to join this generative workshop — timed to coincide with the arrival of spring.
About the instructor
Emily Helck is a writer and artist living in Philadelphia. She holds degrees from Drew University, Fordham University, and Rutgers Camden’s MFA program, where she teaches first year and creative writing. Her work has been published by Bustle, ABC News, Do It Well, and other outlets.

Date & Time
March 20, 2021
1:00 pm-4:00 pm