Writing Wilderness - White Mountains, NH


(Open to BC and Non BC Students)


“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 about the program content, please contact: Professor Suzanne Matson @ Suzanne.matson@bc.edu


Non BC Students Please register here

Current Woods College students should register online through the Agora Portal. 

Boston College Day Students should register for summer courses at Student Services in Lyons Hall  anytime following their April advising/registration appointments.

Please register for course ENGL 333701

A program fee of $1100.00, which covers the cost of accommodation in N.H. and co-curricular activities will be added to your account.


Program Costs:
Approximately $3600

Price Includes:

  • Double Occupancy Accommodations in New Hampshire @ Highland Center Lodge
  • Meals @ Highland Center Lodge
  • Co-Curricular Activities

Travel to and from New Hampshire and any expenses off the lodge are not included.

Co-curricular activities may include:

  • Hiking
  • Guided backcountry visits
  • Canoeing
  • Naturalist talks


June 20 - June 29, 2018