Writing Wild in the City

Writing Wild in the City


“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, ecologist and author of Braiding Sweetgrass


People often think of nature as a pristine landscape or remote forest. But a growing collection of nature writers ask us to expand this perspective: In fact, nature is all around, and even includes, us. Yes, we humans are just as much a part of the natural world as a dandelion pushing through a crack in the sidewalk. 


In this course, we will practice paying attention to our urban environment, reflecting on our relationship with the living world and the stories it offers us. Together, we will learn about biodiversity in a city like New York, and even participate in a citizen science project. As we explore the outdoors, we’ll read and write various genres of contemporary nature writing—including creative non-fiction and memoir, natural history, climate fiction, and poetry—to understand which storytelling forms call to you. You will leave this course with a deepened understanding of our local ecosystem and your role in helping care for it. 


    INSTRUCTOR: Kate Newman

    DATES AND TIMES: 2 days a week, 5 weeks (Wednesdays 5-6:30PM & Saturdays 10-11:30AM)
    START DATES: Wednesday, April 28 and Saturday, May 1

    END DATES: Saturday, May 29

    CONTACT: info@theknowledgeproject.org or call (212) 346-9933

    Access to a computer, headphones and internet. All assignments can be accomplished with a smart phone.

    Scholarships available. Please email or call for more information. 


    Kate Newman is a Brooklyn-based beekeeper and freelance writer with nearly a decade of experience leading digital media projects for individuals and brands. She mentors young writers through Girls Write Now, and co-creates a monthly newsletter featuring thought-provoking women called The Broadcast. She'll be starting an MSW program in fall 2021, with a particular interest in narrative therapy and how the stories we tell—individually and collectively— can both harm and heal us.

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