"Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul," says Gary Snyder, himself a great practitioner of walking and writing. In this workshop we'll consider some of the great literature of walking, and try our hands—and our feet—at composing some walks. Saturday, we'll take short walks with writing prompts. Sunday we'll do a longer walk, up Cascade Head or around the neighborhood, and compose a prose-and-poetry travel piece modeled on the Japanese haibun. Easily adapted to any level of physical exertion (short walks or even sitting still, work fine).
About the Instructor
Charles Goodrich is the author of two volumes of poems, “Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden” and “Insects of South Corvallis,” and a collection of essays, “The Practice of Home.” He also co-edited the volume “In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens.” A number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac." Goodrich worked for twenty-five years as a professional gardener and presently serves as Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.
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