Summer 2017 // Weekend Hideaway: Pilgrim At Quartz Creek, Nature Writing

Summer 2017 // Weekend Hideaway: Pilgrim At Quartz Creek, Nature Writing


Instructed by Michelle Kehm
September 23 – 25, 2017 Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday
All Levels

Weekend Hideaways are all inclusive weekend experiences offering students an opportunity to stay in historic Atlanta cabins, eat locally sourced food and reconnect with their creativity. 


While most people know Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Annie Dillard’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an equal masterpiece that reflects upon the flora and fauna around Tinker Creek in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The Pilgrim at Quartz Creek seminar will encourage students to disconnect from their phones, Wi-Fi, and modern distractions in order to reconnect with the real world – the natural world – and write about it. Students are asked to read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek before they arrive, both as inspiration and as a launching pad for their own naturalist work(s). Nature makes us feel things. Remember things. Ponder things. Naturalist writing is truly an exploration of the world around us. And the world within.


Michelle Kehm is the author of No Place Like Home and Suzi Clue, both published by Penguin. She recently finished her third novel, Nate + Kate + Lucia, and her work has appeared in Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, SELF, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She lives between NYC and McCall.

Students are provided lodging and meals. No experience necessary. Space is limited. Students should bring warm, sturdy clothing, comfortable shoes and beverages of choice. Students may come as a single or as a couple. Couples will share lodging (all lodging options have one bed). Students should arrive by 7pm Friday, September 23 and can plan to leave Atlanta anytime after 12pm Sunday, September 25.

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