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An update from our sixty-sixth Writing Workshop

A summary of the workshop held on Saturday, May 21st

In this workshop, students practiced writing descriptively about the natural world with examples from J. R. R. Tolkien. William showed pictures of various landscapes, including a few he had taken himself, and as a mini-challenge, had students describe what they saw. William demonstrated that naming certain plants or animals could evoke a more specific sense of place. William also emphasized that you don't even need to leave your house; you can observe nature on YouTube, a great resource for observing gestures and movements. Lastly, William showed students that science-based nature writing does not need to by dry, but can (and should) be written beautifully, with elements of creative writing such as alliteration.

The Challenge: Describe a beautiful place or write a piece that involves one or more animals using any style of writing you wish. This can be a story, poem, nonfiction prose, or any prose style you have in mind, like stream of consciousness or science-based nature writing. 

The Participants: Pearl, Lena, Eva, Delight, Madisen, Anya, Rachael, Amelia, Aimee, Aditi, Liam, Yueling, Agatha, Sally, Eric, Elbert

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