Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness
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Summer 2018 quarter (Second Session)
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 four hours on backpacking days.
Fields of Studyliterature outdoor leadership and education sustainability studies writing
Location and Schedule
Time OfferedDay and Evening
Mon-Thu, various times.
July 30-August 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: on campus; August 2: day hike in Capitol State Forest
August 7-9: backpacking trip in Olympic National Forest
August 14: paddle to Hope and/or Squaxin Islands; August 15, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on campus; August 16: day hike in Olympic National Forest/Park
August 21: day hike in Olympic National Forest/Park; August 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on campus; August 23: day hike at Mt. Rainier
August 27-30: backpacking in North Cascades National Park
Online LearningNo Required Online Learning
$475 total for entry fees, maps, campsites, travel, food, and guided paddling trip. If our costs are less, the difference will be reimbursed.