When: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22

Where: Emerald Art Center, 500 Main Street, Springfield

Details: Literally, “nature writing,” Ecography is a term coined to represent the appearance and incorporation of the natural world in all kinds of writing. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and other kinds of literature can benefit from the inclusion of the many aspects of nature: season, time, geography, flora, fauna, climate, etc. This four-hour workshop will help all writers – both seasoned and beginning – to include the many aspects of nature in their writing, improving imagery, drawing the reader into the scene, and even driving plot and character development. No previous writing experience is required. All genres welcome. Bring a notebook and writing instrument (or alternatively laptop / notebook / notepad). This class will consist of four 50-minute sessions. Bring a sack lunch and eat in class. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Instructor Catt Foy holds an MA in English from Western Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction from Spalding University. Her writing and publishing experience includes non-fiction, journalism, essays, short stories, novels, poetry and lyrics.

Cost: $35

Information: emeraldartcenter.org/event/ecography-nature-in-writing-writing-with-nature/, 541-726-8595 (Emerald Art Center)