Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness
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Many cultures have traditions of teachers and students spending time in wilderness. We’ll let wilderness work in us, inspire us, and help immerse us in writing. Carrying our own food and shelter will focus us, and open new outlooks on sustainability. We’ll live Leave-No-Trace ethics as we paddle to Squaxin Island and hike and backpack in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. We’ll write daily and we'll read, seminar and critique, with ongoing in-depth faculty feedback.
This all-level program could be an orientation for incoming students, and a chance for anyone to engage deeply with writing, and/or produce a finished publishable manuscript.
Participants need to be able to carry a 40-pound pack for up to six hours on backpacking days.
Credits per quarter
- No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
$474 total for entry fees, maps, campsites, motorpool, food, and guided paddling trip. If our costs are less, the difference will be reimbursed.
Class Size: 11
Scheduled for: Day and Evening
July 31-August 2, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: on campus; August 2: day hike in Capitol State Forest
August 8-10: backpacking trip in Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park
August 15: paddle to Hope and/or Squaxin Islands; August 16, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on campus; August 17: day hike at Mt. Ellinor
August 22: day hike to Lena Lake; August 23, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on campus; August 24: day hike at Mt. Rainier
August 28-31: backpacking in North Cascades National Park
Located in: Olympia
wk 1: Capitol State Forest
wk 2: Hoh Rainforest (Olympic National Park)
wk 3: Hope and/or Squaxin Island & Olympic National Forest
wk 4: Olympic National Forest & Mt. Rainier
wk 5: North Cascades National Park