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All Levels | A journalist once asked George Mallory, “Why do you climb?” He responded, “Because it’s there.” Many writers, too, have sought to explain why they climb, paddle, hike, ski, and engage in challenging and sometimes risky outdoor adventures. This class will address this question by demonstration, showing how to bring readers along for the ride using in medias res openings, dramatic scenes, and other techniques to recreate the thrill of encountering the wild heart of the natural world.
Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.