I am so pleased to announce that I will be a presenting author at Bay Path University’s 14th Writers’ Day, to be held at the Longmeadow, MA campus on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
Please join me and the other amazing authors for a day of literary instruction and celebration. Additional information and registration materials can be found here. Hope to see you there!
A description of my presentation:
Session Two: 2:35 – 3:50 pm
Weaving Human Nature into Nature Writing: Environmental Writing with Emotion — Author Mary Heather Noble
Few writers squirm under the banner of their genre classification more than “Nature Writers” do. Why? Because these authors worry that the label may limit their audience, or that their work will be perceived as nature and environmental writing is all-too-often perceived: as quiet and contemplative, or too serious and depressing, or downright boring and scientific. And yet some of the most beautiful personal narratives in contemporary literature can be found in the “Nature” section of the bookstore, making them both successful works of literary art and powerful agents for environmental advocacy. This workshop will examine the work of a few contemporary environmental writers, and how incorporating the personal into the environmental has allowed them to connect to a broader readership while furthering their cause. We will study specific strategies to heighten the emotion in your environmental writing, play with some writing prompts to enrich your writing practice, and discuss opportunities to find homes for your environmental work.
I am an East-coaster and a West-coaster. I am an academic and a creative spirit. I am an environmental scientist who always wanted to write, and a writer with a nagging nostalgia for the complexities of environmental science. Above all, I am a mother — so whether I’m writing about the natural world, family, or place, I like to consider my work as environmental advocacy in the broadest sense.