Writing Wilderness - White Mountains, NH



“Writing Wilderness” is a multi-genre, introductory-level, creative writing course. A key element in this course will be the immersion of students in an environment that stimulates fresh perspectives to explore place through writing.  The course will use the workshop model of sharing writing drafts with peers and the instructor to gain feedback before revising and working toward a portfolio of polished work.

Writing prompts will encourage students to examine Americans’ relationship to “nature” as it has been experienced from “taming” the wilderness through the development of cities, suburbs, farming, and rural communities.  Literary models ranging from Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Michael Pollan, and others, will be used not only to provide social and historical context for the shifting meanings we’ve assigned our landscapes, but also to exemplify craft strategies students can analyze and practice in their own writing. 

COURSE PREREQUISITES:  An interest in creative writing, an interest in environmental learning, physical ability to be on a trail (though not necessarily to undertake hikes rated “difficult”).

For more information, please contact: Professor Suzanne Matson @ Suzanne.matson@bc.edu


Program Costs:
Approximately $3600

Price Includes:

  • Double Occupancy Accommodations in New Hampshire @ Highland Center Lodge
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Students are responsible for their own transporation to and from New Hampshire

Co-curricular activities may include:

  • Hiking
  • Guided backcountry visits
  • Canoeing
  • Naturalist talks


June 19- June 29, 2018