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  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings
Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath. 1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.

Program Description

Why do so many prolific, evocative writers spend so much time in nature? Because great writing ignites the senses—and very few places awaken touch, taste, sound, smell, and intuition more profoundly than the natural world.

Join award-winning writer Laura Fraser and memoirist and professional wildlife tracker Doniga Markegard for a weekend of writing from the senses. Through a mix of outdoor activities, lecture, discussion, and focused time to write, you will:

  • Spend mornings in nature noticing animal tracks, bird song, and plant species and becoming more attuned to the smells and textures of the natural world
  • Learn how to approach the writing process from a meditative and aware state
  • Learn writing techniques you can use to shape a short narrative essay or scene
  • Bring your observations to your writing in order to produce more vivid and descriptive prose.

Writing from the senses is one of the best ways to connect with readers—and yourself—and to make your work come alive. Leave this weekend more inspired and more attuned.

Presented by

  • Laura FraserAbout Laura Fraser |Award-winning writer
    Laura Fraser is a New York Times best-selling memoirist and the author of four nonfiction books. She has contributed to publications ranging from the New York Times "Modern Love" column to O, The Oprah Magazine. Much of her work focuses on women's health, medicine, travel, social justice, personal essays, and food as a way into the hearts of other cultures.
  • Doniga MarkegardAbout Doniga Markegard |Writer, rancher, and Earth advocate
    Doniga Markegard is a wildlife tracker, regenerative rancher, speaker, and author. Using the innovative, carbon-storing methods of regenerative ranching, she's restoring the land she tends, bringing native grasses and wildlife back to the depleted Bay Area.

Why Attend

    No matter the story, capturing your reader relies on evocative detail and inspiration. Engage in exercises to heighten your senses and write more vividly.

    Give yourself a real creative retreat: this workshop will be a time of quiet observation, reflection, and writing, with plenty of time to enjoy the natural surroundings.

    How many writing workshops include lessons in outdoor tracking? Practice looking for signs of wildlife in nature as a way of bolstering your observation skills and becoming more attuned to your surroundings.

Things to Know/Schedule

This program is open to all. Participants should feel comfortable walking on uneven ground on nature trails outdoors.
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