Where the Land Meets the Eye Sept. 10-12


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Cost: $560 (lodging not included)
Dates: September 10-12, 2021
Instructor: Craig Childs

This workshop is about expressing a landscape through narrative and voice. What do you see when you look at a horizon? How does the shape of a place speak to you, and how does that translate to the page? Whether writing a novel, a place-based nonfiction, or an entry in your journal, the surrounding terrain is a crucial piece of the story. We’ll use the PLAYA landscape as a backdrop where we’ll develop tools of witnessing and recording. With notebooks in hand, we’ll spend most our of time out of doors, sitting, walking, writing, and sharing our work.

This workshop starts Friday evening with a socially distanced, communal dinner and presentation. Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.

Click HERE to view available cabin rental packages for this workshop.

Recommended equipment to bring:
notepad or notebook for writing in the field
pen or pencil
insect repellent
water bottle(s)
light hiking shoes
clothes for layering (can be hot in the day, cold at night)

Instructor Bio:
Craig Childs has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science, including House of Rain and The Secret Knowledge of Water. His most recent is Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places. He has won the Orion Book Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, and thrice the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, and The New York Times, the latter calling him “a modern-day desert father.” He has a B.A. in Journalism from CU Boulder with a minor in Women’s Studies, and from Prescott College, an M.A. in Desert Studies. He’s taught writing at University of Montana and the MFA programs at University of Alaska and Southern New Hampshire University. He lives off-grid in southwest Colorado.

COVID Safety:
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

* Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There is a small convenience store and restaurant in both Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south