Local Nature: Winter Writing Walk

How can one capture the wonder of the outdoors on the written page? Engage your senses as we explore the aspects of nature right around your own home or in your memories, recording focused observations, then creating short nature essays based on the birds, fresh dew, deer, crisp weather, mushrooms, and even marine mammals of winter that we’ll come to know. Learn how to articulate your experiences of the natural world in writing!


Lakin Khan, Writer & Educator and former Lecturer, English Department, Sonoma State University


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 13 and up.

During the event, we will take 5 minutes to go out into our own "local nature" areas such as your back or front yard, just down the street, or on your porch to collect a natural object and observe the outdoor world (weather, temperature, light) that can inform your writing. If you won't have this sort of access to nature during the event, please bring something at the start:  a natural object (pine cone, leaf, stone, shell) or a photograph that reminds you of a time you previously used your senses in nature.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Saturday, December, 12, 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm