Reading at Tonglen Lake Lodge, Denali Park. 7pm, August 23, 2019


Denali Education Center, Denali Park, Alaska, July 9, 2017, 7pm:

Denali & the World: 100 Years of Boundaries & Migrations. 
National Parks are often framed as an escape, but Denali is more than a getaway. From migratory birds to social forces to global climate change, Denali is enmeshed with the wider world. Join three Alaskan writers as we mull over themes of respite and responsibility.

Denali National Park, Alaska, August 11-13, 2017:

From the Soil to the Sky: 100 Years of Connection at Denali National Park

Denali National Park is celebrating its Centennial in 2017, marking 100 years of protecting the natural abundance of this sub-arctic ecosystem.  In honor of the Centennial, we put together a list of 100 species important to Denali, but like John Muir said, “when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe”.  While seeking these 100 species, we’ll explore the meaningful connections between them.   We’ll strengthen our naturalist skills, and then take our knowledge of Denali and love of wilderness to the next level, by learning how to share that knowledge and passion with others in meaningful and inspiring ways. This course will be taught by long-time Denali resident Nan Eagleson and local writer Erica Watson.


Fairbanks, Alaska, April 2017:

“Minding the Minutiae,” in Fairbanks, through 49 Writers.  

Three consecutive Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22, 2017 / 3 hour sessions (9 total) / 2-5 PM
Members: $125 | Nonmembers: $145 | Cap: 10
All experience levels

For many of us, the drive to write comes not from a need to tell a particular story, but rather to explore an idea, a fragmented memory, or an obsession. There is often a great distance between what interests the writer and what compels a reader. In this course, students will focus on techniques for identifying and relaying meaning to readers. We will study writers who produce dynamic and thoughtful nonfiction books and essays using their own lives as starting points rather than primary subjects. We will examine how research, metaphor, and syntax can propel narratives of discovery, even if, as many of us fear about our own lives, nothing much actually happens. Students will produce new work in class, provide each other with feedback, and leave with tools to move their work forward.