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

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. 

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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