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Hogback Community College WRITING THE WATERWORKS
In this writers' workshop, we will combine descriptions of a particular landscape in a specific season with personal, reflective narratives. The landscape will be the Bristol Waterworks and the season will be spring. In our excursions into the Waterworks on the Saturdays of May 19 and 26, we'll focus on the natural history associated with this exciting hinge of the year. Both writing and drawing will help us to sharpen our perceptions of spring in Vermont. But observations, memories, and stories can all inform each other, and our initial entries will also be the foundations for more extended pieces of writing. In evening sessions on two Thursdays (May 24 and May 31) we will share and respond to the essays that participants have come up with. Selections from such outstanding nature writers as Henry David Thoreau will enrich the context for our discussions.
About the Instructor:
John Elder lives in Bristol with his wife Rita and sugars in Starksboro with the families of their two sons. He taught English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College from 1973 to 2010. John’s own writing combines descriptions of landscape and discussion of literature with memoir. In 2008 he was named Vermont Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Minimum/maximum student enrollment:
Minimum: 8 Maximum: 12
Credit hours*: .75 credit hour (12 hours of instruction)
*While our courses offer the structure and content of college courses, we are not seeking accreditation for Hogback Community College, nor do we currently offer credits for transfer to other educational institutions. We are continuing to look at our options for offering students course credit in the future. Numerous teachers have taken Hogback Community College courses as part of their Professional Development requirements.
How to Apply: Download a registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc. Please complete the registration form and mail with payment to Vermont Family Forests to the address indicated on the form. We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.