Writing with Fire: Finding Form in a Burning World with Gretchen E. Henderson

Saturday, January 6, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday, January 6th, 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Meeting will take place in the Poetry Center's Alumni Room, Room 205; limit 12 students. It will be followed by lunch catered by Tumerico, with a guest speaker from a local nonprofit organization.  SOLD OUT.

Since time immemorial, humans have sat by firesides to heat and cook, sing and survive. In the climate crisis, reports of fires flame from forests across the Amazon to Australia and closer to home in the American West. Yet beyond destroying, fires light the dark, warm hearths, open seed and cone, and burn strong enough to smelt metal and stone. Our planet burns in its core. In this writing workshop, we reimagine fire in our words—poetry, nonfiction, fiction, between & beyond—kindling lines and sentences, paragraphs and poetics of place, even heating our hearts. 

This generative workshop is the second in a seasonal series of workshops at the Poetry Center around natural elements to bridge ecologies. The series is a sister effort to immersive short courses on Literary Ecologies taught by Gretchen at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia. Participants can take one workshop by itself, or grow a practice of relational ecologies between places over time.