Writing Your Inner Desert:  a Unique Writing Workshop at ZZYZX Springs  hiker

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11, 9 AM – 5 PMSunday, October 12, 9 am – 3 pm
Meet at: Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx exit from Highway 15 (west of Baker)
Fee: $235 JTNPA/PINE member $245 non member
Instructor: Ruth Nolan, MFA, Professor, College of the Desert and Brandi Spaethe, MFA, Adjunct Professor, UCLA
Hike Level: Easy

Enjoy a desert-based writing workshop led by award-winning desert authors/writing instructors, Ruth Nolan, M.F.A. and Brandi Spaethe, M.F.A. at the scenic Desert Studies Center at Soda Lake in the Mojave National Preserve! Participants will draw on the unique desert setting as inspiration to help them develop their creative writing skills. Course includes in‐class writing exercises, guidelines for critique, group and individual feedback, and lots of fun. All levels of writers/beginning writers are welcome! In commemoration with the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Wilderness Act, we’ll also look at selections of desert conservation and wilderness writing by well-known authors as added inspiration for participants to generate their own writing during this weekend. Brief, optional and easy hiking excursions will be offered to further enrich the participants’ experiences.  Course fees include overnight lodging on Saturday at the Desert Studies Center (dormitory style) and Saturday’s lunch and dinner and Sunday’s breakfast and lunch.

The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University (CSU) located among a haven of natural ponds, dry lakes, and foothills in the Mojave Desert east of Barstow on Highway 15.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

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If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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