Current Course Offerings

Below is a current list of workshops being offered by Molly Murfee. Check back often for updates on courses to be offered in the various seasons as the year progresses.

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Writing Through the Changes

December - March - June - September

2020 - 2021

A Self-Directed Study Course!

Seasonal pivots in our calendar are times of transitions, profound places to contemplate what is shifting in both our internal and external worlds. Writing through the Changes is a self-directed, writing-driven experience marking the changes of winter, spring, summer and fall. Contemplative exercises included in seasonally delivered Portfolio Packets include journaling and meditation prompts; connecting to nature exercises; and inspiring readings to incite calm, balance, grounding and a sense of belonging to self, community and place.

Portfolio Packets are delivered before each Winter and Summer Solstice and Spring and Summer Equinox. Materials are formatted in various downloadable modalities: video, audio and pdf document so you can complete them anytime, anywhere, and for however long you choose. The first packet will be delivered in mid-December in preparation for the Winter Solstice. Full year: $60; Individual seasons: $20 each.

 

This course is made possible through the generosity of the Artistic Enrichment Grant of the Crested Butte Arts Festival. 

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Creative Writing, Alternative Education & the Field Experience 

Wednesday, June 23 - Friday, June 25

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day

A graduate level, accredited course designed for secondary educators seeking their continuing education credits. 3 credits available. ENG 510

 

Get creative out in nature in this stimulating and active field-based writing course! Experiment with creative writing and the field experience as inspiring tools for gathering information, processing emotions, and finding a constructive, energizing and motivating outlet for interacting with the complex environmental and social issues of our time. Connect to the natural world through the combined use of a Creative Writing Portfolio and field experiences. Incorporate experiential education, student-centered learning and interdisciplinary studies into a traditional classroom. Explore the effective writing techniques of creative non-fiction focused on nature and the environment. Each day sends students out into nature to complete inspiring guided freewriting prompts and conduct independent research; then return in the afternoon for synchronous Zoom classroom time for sharing the writing experience, and thought-provoking author and teaching strategy discussions.

 

This is a fun, yet intensive, three-day course and it is not advisable to take other courses in the June 23 – 25 window. Students should block out Wednesday, June 23, Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25 for planned course activities from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day, and an expectation of completing readings in the evenings. Synchronous Zoom class time meetings will specifically take place from 2 – 6 p.m. each of these three days. Participants will participate in pre and post course work (predominately reading) approximately a week before and a week after the course with all assignments completed by July 3. While perfect for English, composition and the natural sciences, techniques can be applied to most any subject. 

 

Offered through Western Colorado University's Teacher Institute.

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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

November 3 - December 8

A field-based, graduate level immersive writing course for non-MFA degree seeking students. 3 credits available. CRWR 696

 

Writers from E.O. Wilson and Michael Pollan to Terry Tempest Williams and Robin Wall Kimmerer inspire how our culture defines and interacts with nature. This course introduces authors such as these, as well as the creative nonfiction genre. Examine major works of the genre and consider the history, culture, philosophies, and policies shaping them, as well as their real-world impacts. Through intensive freewriting, creative storytelling, workshopping, editing, and rewriting, learn effective techniques in descriptive, narrative, analytical, and persuasive writing. Strong emphasis is placed on developing a professional writing practice that supports scientific and other professional work. Designed for graduate students outside of the MFA Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

Note: This course begins on November 3 from 2 – 6 p.m. followed by a four-day Field Writing Immersion November 5 - 8. Each day of the Field Immersion includes hiking on your own with downloadable audio writing prompts and instruction, followed by “in class” meetings through Zoom (2 – 6 p.m.), plus evening readings. The Field Immersion demands your full attention without additional scheduling conflicts. Regular class sessions occur Wednesdays 2 – 6 p.m. November 3 – December 8, no class November 24, with all assignments completed by December 8. Distance students welcome. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or registration assistance.

 

Offered through the Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Nature Writing Concentration at Western Colorado University

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing:

Nature Writing  Concentration 

Registration now open for a July 2021 start. Scholarships available!

I am a faculty in Western Colorado University's MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Nature Writing. This low-residency program offers an ethically alert, cutting-edge program in an incomparable natural setting in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Our program is established on the core belief that art can be an agent of change, that writing can change the way we live, our policies, and our values. Our practical focus on publication, professional development and partnerships with relevant nonprofits, newspapers, and think tanks underscores our belief that writers can participate in this field immediately and with gusto. Through extensive reading, intellectual inquiry, and rigorous professional and creative writing, students will engage with diverse voices, challenging questions and critical issues facing our world today. Enrollment in this two year program for a summer 2021 start is open!

You begin the program with a two-week Summer Residency July 11 - 24, 2021 in Gunnison, Colorado on Western Colorado University's campus meeting with your specific cohort as well as the other Nature Writing cohorts and students in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing (there's also students in Genre Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, and Publishing). You'll begin your journey with me, in an Introduction to Nature Writing course dipping your toe into some of the major writers of the field and getting some craft techniques under your belt. As always, with any course with me, Intro to Nature Writing includes lots of field experiences to charge your writing and the curriculum is based on experiential education and student centered learning techniques. 

If you're interested in this program, and have questions, get in touch! We can chat, and I can get you in touch with the right people to get you started on your way to getting your MFA in Creative Writing.

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