UPCOMING EVENTS FOR WRITING WILD

 
May 31, 2014:  Talk and book signing for WRITING WILD at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York, 4 to 5 pm.
 
June 14, 2014: I lead the Writers in the Park workshop held in Grand Teton National Park.  Come and join us.  We meet at the flagpole in front of the Moose Visitors Center at 9 am.  Everyone welcome and no charge.  Bring warm clothes, paper and pen.  Ends at noon.
 
June 21, 2014: All day free creative writing workshop at Big Piney Library in Wyoming.  Call the library to sign up.  Space limited.
 
June 28, 2014: Jackson Hole Writers Conference.  I’ll be leading a WRITING WILD workshop and critiquing manuscripts.  Hope to see you there.
 
July 10, 2014: Talk, reading and book signing at The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Talk and book signing for WRITING WILD at Spirit in Jackson Hole.
July 13, 2014:  A creative writing workshop at Spirit in Jackson Hole.  Call the store to sign up.
 
August 16, 2014: All day, free, creative writing workshop at the Cody, Wyoming library.  Call to sign up.
 
September 26 -27, 2014:  I’ll be presenting a WRITING WILD workshop at the Idaho Writers League Conference in Idaho Falls.  Sign up.

5 WRITING LESSONS from NATURE

5 WRITING LESSONS FROM NATURE

Condensed from the book,

 WRITING WILD, Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature

By Tina Welling

 

     The outdoors is a natural teacher for us as we design

and conduct our creative lives.  Wilderness and creativity are both wild spaces. They serve as birthing grounds for new energy.  Because of this link between wilderness on our planet and creativity within humans, I looked to nature for direct and practical teachings about living and I found them.

 

1. Live and Write Like a Flower Grows

     A flower does not concern itself with how fast or big or colorfully it blooms. It does not compare itself to other flowers as it develops. A flower doesn’t try to control the end result of its experience: who sees or uses the blossom or where or why or how.

    

2. Hatch Only the Number of Eggs You Can Nurture

     Most birds lay between two and six eggs; that’s a good range of writing ideas to incubate at a time.  We can learn by watching that not all of the eggs in the nest make it to maturity: some young birds fall out of the nest; some die of malnutrition; some become prey. This happens with our ideas as well.  Jot down ideas for writing projects, put each one in a folder.  Over time, as we consider each idea, other thoughts occur around it, and we can write those down and drop them into the folder.  Those ideas that continue to engender interest and passion will gather enough material in the folder for us to begin a writing project.  If an envelope doesn’t attract enough material, we let that idea fall out of the nest or become prey, meaning parts of the material gathered may be absorbed into other writing projects.

 

3. Exult in Each of the Seasons

     If the earth had only one season, creative energy would not exist.  If it were always summer, imagine how soon the planet would exhaust itself. Yet we often don’t feel good about ourselves unless, like the earth in summer, we are producing, accomplishing, achieving. Our culture doesn’t honor the times of rest and restoration in a person’s life, which is the earth’s autumn and winter seasons, as much as it does the productive periods. But we must have these periods for growing deep roots and restoring energy, in order to sustain flow.

 

4. Develop the Balance of Trees

     Grow a root system that balances the spread of limbs. Writers need to develop a connection to earth, a relationship with themselves, and a sense of the divine. In short, writers need an inner life, one that matches the outer growth of accomplishment.  People who branch out too far without a root system topple from fear or from extravagance.  Writers who isolate themselves, directing all attention to the inner life, the roots, are prone to either a souring arrogance or its opposite, a sense of inferiority.  But as a tree nourishes itself by releasing its leaves to replenish the earth around it, nourish yourself by both replenishing your inner life with solitary activities that deepen your awareness and releasing your skills to your community.

 

5. Howl Like a Wolf

     Celebrate yourself, join your voice with the others in your pack, and let those not of your species know of your presence.

We are writers because we are stirred toward expression; therefore, we must communicate.  Writers and artists perform the duties that a wise woman or medicine man does in aboriginal societies. It is our job to be “first aware,” to interpret, make connections, detect patterns, and notify the others.  We bring into consciousness and put into words what otherwise may remain in the unspoken unconscious of ourselves and our community.

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Upcoming Events for WRITING WILD

May 13, 2014:  Publication date for WRITING WILD.

May 24, 2014: A Celebration for Tina Welling’s new book, WRITING WILD, Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature, is being held at Valley Bookstore in Jackson Hole on Saturday, May 24th from 5 pm to 7 pm.  There will be wine and food and everyone is welcome. 
May 31, 2014:  Talk and book signing for WRITING WILD at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York, 4 to 5 pm.
June 14, 2014: I lead the Writers in the Park workshop held in Grand Teton National Park.  Come and join us.  We meet at the flagpole in front of the Moose Visitors Center at 9 am.  Everyone welcome and no charge.  Bring warm clothes, paper and pen.  Ends at noon.
June 21, 2014: All day free creative writing workshop at Big Piney Library in Wyoming.  Call the library to sign up.  Space limited.
June 28, 2014: Jackson Hole Writers Conference.  I’ll be leading a WRITING WILD workshop and critiquing manuscripts.  Hope to see you there.
July 10, 2014: Talk and book signing for WRITING WILD at Spirit in Jackson Hole.
July 13, 2014:  A creative writing workshop at Spirit in Jackson Hole.  Call the store to sign up.
August 16, 2014: All day, free, creative writing workshop at the Cody, Wyoming library.  Call to sign up.
September 26 -27, 2014:  I’ll be presenting a WRITING WILD workshop at the Idaho Writers League Conference in Idaho Falls.  Sign up.

Writing Wild

Tina Welling, author. CREDIT: David J SwiftMy new book, WRITING WILD, Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature, will be published May 15, 2014. This is the spot to check for upcoming events when they become scheduled.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference: June 26th thru 28th I’ll be conducting a workshop based on WRITING WILD and critiquing manuscripts. Hope to see you there.