Tuesday, July 18th from 10am-1pm
Bind and embellish your own handmade nature journal in this class that delves into nature’s role in the writing process. We’ll make journals using a piece of handmade paper for the cover and simple stitching for the binding. Weather-permitting, we’ll take a walk outside, interact with nature nearby and begin writing. No writing experience necessary. What is nature’s role in the creative process? How does nature motivate, inspire, focus and expand our art and stories? What memories bubble up when we are outside and what connections are made between where we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going? We’ll read selections from current nature writing. Together, we’ll discuss and write about place, memory and what it means to interact with nature nearby.
“Amber Stoner’s workshop was a perfect offering for our collaboration with the local nature sanctuary. Amber kept a diverse group of students thoroughly engaged in the craft of writing and the art of book-making. Thank you!” -Jerod Santek, Executive Director of Write On, Door County and former program director at the Loft Literary Center
“After that class, I will walk more with a notepad. I learned so much. Very thought-provoking. Thank you for the renewal of precious memories.” – past participant
Amber D. Stoner is a writer and book artist living in Minnesota. She’s also a hiker, paddler, trail runner, mom, yoga enthusiast and volunteer. Amber was a Loft Mentor Series finalist in Creative Nonfiction in 2010 and 2011. Her writing has appeared in River Teeth blog, Creative Nonfiction, and MinnPost.com. Her handmade books have been in exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and included on The Floating Library, a MN public art project. Amber holds a master’s degree in environmental health sciences with a concentration in environmental chemistry. Visit amberdstoner.com.