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.

Vinotok: Writing Through the Changes

September 1 - 23, 2020

Vinotok is an Autumn Equinox festival celebrating nature, community and the harvest in my home place. It is most famous for its bonfire – the climax of weeks of preparation and celebration - and the quintessential manifestation of “Stoking our External Fire.” The community writes their “grumps,” grievances they want to transform, on slips of paper, and burns them in this fire collectively. It is a wild celebration.


This year Vinotok is shifting some focus to Stoking our Internal Fires. As one of the festival’s creative co-directors, I’ve concocted a free weekly series during the month of September called “Writing Through the Changes,” sharing the more contemplative practices of meditation, responding to journaling prompts, and connecting to place. Take these practices as time to slow down, disconnect from technology, and reconnect to yourself, your place, your loved ones and your community.


Visit the Vinotok blog at to access my free series of “Writing Through the Changes” connecting to place journaling and meditation prompts, as well as find information on Vinotok.

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Return to this page for weekly updates September 1 - September 23, 2020 with downloadable pdf's of the exercises. 

Writing Through the Changes: It Begins in Gratitude (Week 1)

Introduction to

Creative Nonfiction

October 7 - November 4

Writers from Gary Snyder and Edward Abbey to Terry Tempest Williams and Annie Dillard inspire how our culture defines and interacts with nature. This course introduces authors such as these, as well as the creative nonfiction genre, as a compelling vehicle for writing about nature and the environment. Examine writing styles and techniques of major works and authors of the genre while considering the history, culture, philosophies and policies shaping them, and their subsequent real-world impacts. Through intensive freewriting, creative storytelling, workshopping, peer review, editing and rewriting, learn effective techniques in descriptive, narrative, analytical and persuasive writing. Discover and incorporate writing techniques to stir emotion, appreciation and action while creating a sense of connection to the natural world. Emphasis is placed on creating connections between writing and other professional and academic pursuits. This course begins on October 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. followed immediately with a five-day backpack and field prep session October 8 – 13. Regular class sessions occur Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. October 21 – November 4 with all assignments completed by November 4. 


Offered through Western Colorado University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Nature Writing Emphasis. Designed for graduate students outside of the MFA in Creative Writing program.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing:

Nature Writing Emphasis 

I am a faculty in Western Colorado University's brand new 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 2020 start is open!

Thought-provoking prose of the wild and human,

seated in the sublime, seasoned with irreverence.

With inspiring and informative creative essays, Earth Muffin Memos motivates you to instigate positive environmental, social and cultural change on our planet. Articles offer an alternative perspective and commentary on both current and timeless topics involving our environment, connecting to nature, disconnecting from technology, mountain and outdoor culture, sustainability, stewardship, community, modern culture, equality, humanitarian endeavors, communication and beyond. 

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