Between Contoured Lines: Reading and Writing the Driftless (Virtual Workshop)

March 4-April 8, 2021

Schedule: 7-8 pm - six Thursdays

Instructor: Catherine Young

Registration Deadline: Registration Extended to March 1!

Description

Each hill and hollow, each creek and riverway in our Driftless bioregion holds a story because so many people have found this land alluring and have come to live here. Experience this place through writers of the past while crafting your place-inspired poetry and prose. Via Zoom, we will explore readings from Wisconsin writers, including those from The Driftless Reader and Contours anthologies, and we will work through prompts and exercises. By session five, our class community will workshop our selected writings, and for our final session present them to our group. This creative writing workshop is open to all writers and anyone interested in reading and writing the Driftless land.

Class size 11

Level All writers welcome

Student Supply List
Handouts, writing tools (pen and notebook, laptop or anything that works for you). Especially for the first session, please also have a few sheets of blank paper and coloring tools such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, or pastels.

  • Tuition $90

Instructor

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Catherine Young

Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Contours, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review, and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others.…Read More

Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place.

Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Contours, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review, and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Tiny Seed Journal, About Place, and Cold Mountain. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket.

A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in prose and poetry and Best American Essays, Catherine is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. Her memoir, Black Diamonds, Blue Flames, was longlisted for the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

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Between Contoured Lines: Reading & Writing the Driftless

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
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Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
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Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

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