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UW-RF To Offer Summer Nature Writing Course

March 12, 1999


Jenny Brantley, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Brian Fitch, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will teach Nature Writing, an undergraduate and graduate two-credit workshop, June 6-12.

The workshop, "Writing the Natural World," will focus primarily on writing poetry with the woods and water of University of Wisconsin System Pigeon Lake Field Station as inspiration. Students will read and discuss the work of contemporary and traditional poets who use nature as their inspiration, will have solitary writing time, and draft workshops with the group. Each day, a new technique will be introduced to serve as the focus of writing. By the end of the week, students will have a large portfolio and will have the opportunity to present their work in a public performance.

The location of this workshop makes it ideal for creative writing. Pigeon Lake is located in Drummond, Wis., near Cable, in the Chequamegon National Forest. Bogs, abandoned fields, cattail marshes, lakes, streams, and other aquatic habitats scatter the area. This region allows students to create, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin while earning credits.

Brantley and Fitch both have extensive creative writing experiences which add to their instructional styles.

Brantley grew up in North Carolina. She received a doctorate in English and a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Nebraska. Her degrees enabled her to teach at the University of Nebraska, the University of Louisiana, and the University of Helsinki before coming to UW-River Falls. Brantley has published poetry in "Women and Language," "13th Moon," "Hurricane Alice," "genre," and many other journals. She also writes reviews of literary magazines for "Literary Magazine Review." She is a 1998-99 University of Wisconsin Teaching Fellow.

Fitch came from New York. He obtained a doctorate in English with a specialty in creative writing from the University of Nebraska. Before coming to UW-Stout, Fitch taught at the University of Nebraska, the University of Louisiana, and the University of Helsinki. His work has appeared in "Rio," "Rafters," "Southwestern Review," "Helsinki Quarterly," "Literary Magazine Review," "ArtWord Quarterly," and "Sewanee Review," in addition to many other publications. He also is a 1998-99 University of Wisconsin Teaching Fellow.

The cost of the workshop is: $102 per credit for Wisconsin undergraduates; $183 per credit for Wisconsin graduates; $106 per credit for Minnesota undergraduates and $183 per credit for Minnesota graduates with reciprocity. Additional costs include $192 for room and board, as well as, the cost of course material.

For more information, contact Professor Michael Padget at 715/425-3266.


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