Jerry Dennis, Nature Writing and Creative Non-Fiction

Jerry Dennis


Jerry Dennis has earned his living writing about nature and the outdoors for more than 25 years. His essays and short fiction in such publications as Audubon, Smithsonian, Orion, Epoch, River Teeth, and the New York Times have won many awards and are frequently reprinted and anthologized. His eleven books, most recently The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes, have appeared on national bestseller lists, have been translated into five languages, and are taught in many universities and high schools. Among Jerry's awards are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, Michigan State University's Great Lakes Culture Award, and three Best Book of the Year awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Jerry lives with his wife, Gail, near the shore of Lake Michigan not far from Traverse City, Michigan.

Workshop: Writing the Sense of Place

Place is a crucial element in many of our greatest books, stories, essays, and poems, yet some writers treat it as if it were mere background. In this workshop we'll explore ways to evoke the unique sense or "character" of a place, both as a literary form of its own and as a way to build depth, texture, and authenticity in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Daily writing assignments will be shared with the group and discussed, with the goal of completing work suitable for publication.

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