Writing En Plein Air
by Mark Chmiel
Have you longed for the chance to sit outside and write while listening to the birds, smelling the sweetness of the grass and blooming trees, watching the beauty of the dancing trees, and feeling the warmth of the sun?
Experience the joy of writing in the spirit of Mary Oliver, while surrounded by the beauty of our natural world during a class being hosted by Annie Fitzgerald and Chris Wallach. During each class, time will be spent reading, writing, and sharing poetry outside.
-Four consecutive Saturdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24, & Oct. 1
-Meeting from 2:00p to 4:00 pm with tea and snacks
-Chris W’s farm: 5 East Lake Rd. Fenton, MO 63026 (a thirty minute drive from the city)
-Bring a notebook and pen for writing
-Tuition is $40 for 4 classes, or $12 for one class
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
–Mary Oliver, from “The Summer Day”