If Thoreau is the "father" of nature writing, then Rachel Carson is apparently his female counterpart. I hadn't realized how influential she was and how much courage it must have taken to publish Silent Spring. I'm glad we chose her as our first author to read!
This site will be focused on discussions relating to our group's current readings/author as well as group events, business and so on. The blog mistress will regularly post general entries on topics or questions relating to our current author and members can post comments to add to the discussion. If you want to post your own entry for the group you may email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and the blogmistress will post it for you. Or query for further instructions on how to post entries directly. Only members will be given access to post entries directly.
To share your personal journal entries and other material not relating to our current readings, members can create their own blogs. Email your blog website address to email@example.com and I will add it to a list of links to member blogs. Then to see what members are doing/writing/thinking we just click on the link! For now blog links will be limited to group members. I will also add a link to WVNaturalists yahoo group.
Next Meeting: Sunday March 29 at 3:00 PM at the same location. Room 317, Snyder Hall, Shepherd University, corner of High and King Streets, Shepherdstown. Please enter through the front of the building. You may park on the street or in the lot in back of the building. If you will be a new attendee please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a great turnout for the first meeting of the Potomac Valley Nature Writing Group (PVNWG).
Let me know if you have not received your member list.
Author to Read: The author we will be reading and discussing for next meeting is Rachel Carson. The primary book we will discuss is Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964 - The Story of a Remarkable Friendship. However, feel free to read any of her works instead of or in addition to this. See side bar to the right for helpful links. Members suggest that we check our local libraries, used book stores, ebay, and used items available on amazon.com, bookfinder.com and other websites as alternatives to buying new.
Discussion Question: The general discussion question we will use for the next meeting is: Pick at least one or two passages (no more than a page or so) that you found exceptional or of special interest/impact. Think about why and how these passages affected you. Consider content, but also style of writing, and what the passages tell you about the author.
Writing: All members are encouraged to keep an ongoing journal of nature observations, thoughts, and any responses to the group selection or other readings. We agreed that each member would write a paragraph of personal response to the selected reading. Bring one copy of your paragraph to the meeting.
This blogspot is the base camp for the Potomac Valley Nature Writing Group. As we go out on our adventures in reading, writing and exploring nature, we can convene here to share what we have discovered (in addition to our meetings!) Please bookmark this site!
Come to the site to quickly check on what is going on with the group. No need to sign in! To post comments on what others have written, you will need to create your own gmail account. It's easily done. If you want to post your own blog entries here (which I hope you do!), contact me for further instructions. We can also post photos, share links to websites, reviews of books and so on!
Comments about books can be made online using the comment feature. Personal book reviews may be submitted to email@example.com for consideration to be posted on the blog. Original nature writing based on personal experience may also be submitted for inclusion on the REFLECTIONS page of the blog.
January: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez February: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez March: The Trees in My Forest by Bernd Heinrich April: Tinkering with Eden by Kim Todd (Recipient of Pen/Jerard Award) May/June: Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear July/August/September: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir October: All Things Reconsidered by Roger Tory Peterson November: Sierra Lane by Amy Minato December/January: Outermost House by Henry Beston
February 2011 Alice Outwater: Water, A Natural History /March 2011 John McPhee: Encounters with the Archdruid /April 2011 John Himmelman: Discovering Moths /May 2011 Bernd Heinrich: Summer World /SUMMER READ (June through September Hiatus) Scott Weidensaul: Mountains of the Heart /October 2011 Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope /November 2011 Barbara Hurd: Entering the Stone /December 2011 Barry Lopez: Arctic Dreams
The Potomac Valley Nature Writers' Group (PVNWG) formed in early 2009 to promote the art and appreciation of nature writing. This genre of literature explores and celebrates the natural world and our relationship within it. PVNWG welcomes both readers and writers to participate.