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PJ Seminar: No Swirling Leaves: A Master Class on Creating Fresh and Urgent Environmental Writing with Megan Mayhew Bergman

$70.00

This class will look at ways to conceive substantive, fresh environmental pieces that get beyond the expected.

Start Date

May 31

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

The first time I proposed a series of environmental pieces, my wise editor said: yes, but they can’t be boring. This class will look at ways to conceive substantive, fresh environmental pieces that get beyond the expected. I’ll share how I find inspiration for pieces. We’ll discuss how to avoid shallow takes, tired introductions, and self-righteousness – and how to create pieces that have depth, intrigue, and discovery.
We’ll read and discuss examples from writers like Helen MacDonald, Jamaica Kincaid, John McPhee, Emily Raboteau, and others. Participants will leave with the tools to plan, research, write, edit and pitch environmental writing that is beautiful, original, and effective.

About Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of three books, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Almost Famous Women, and How Strange a Season, forthcoming from Scribner in March 2022. She is currently writing a book on the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, also with Scribner.

Megan is a journalist, essayist, and critic. She has written columns on climate change and the natural world for The Guardian and The Paris Review. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, Oxford American, Orion, and elsewhere. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She was awarded the Garrett Award for Fiction and the Phil Reed Environmental Writing Award for Journalism, and, previously, fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the American Library in Paris.

She currently teaches literature and environmental writing at Middlebury College, where she also serves as Director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference.