Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness

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Summer 2018 (Second Session)
Day and Evening
Credits per quarter

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physics, mathematics, creative writing

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.

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.

$475 total for entry fees, maps, campsites, travel, food, and guided paddling trip. If our costs are less, the difference will be reimbursed.

Scheduled for: Day and Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

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