The Writer-in-Residence program at Cache Creek Nature Preserve has offered poetry workshops free of charge to the public since its genesis, providing area writers unparalleled access to the structure and stability that local workshops promise those who live writing lives. The Cache Creek Conservancy’s visionary understanding of the arts as a mode of environmental stewardship provides the greater Sacramento area with an enriching literary resource for writers at all levels of experience. Ours is the only conservancy-sponsored public arts program in the nation–I’m extremely proud to have served as Writer-in-Residence at CCNP since 2005.

The Preserve is located in rural Yolo County, five miles northwest of downtown Woodland, California. More than 130 acres of outdoor classroom are augmented by indoor offices and an antique barn. The surrounding habitats include riparian forest, wetlands, willow thickets, open water, heritage oak woodlands, and grasslands bordered on one side by Cache Creek. We meet indoors in the Preserve’s education office on cold or rainy winter days, or outdoors in our gorgeous riparian classroom as weather permits, on Thursday mornings during the winter and spring months.

All interested community members who can commit to regular attendance are welcome, regardless of whether or not they already think of themselves as writers. The ultimate goal of the WIR workshops is to stimulate new growth, new thinking, and new direction for creative practice. Our outdoor classroom, gathering spirit, and generative model make this workshop series a unique opportunity for those who would like to grow their creative lives from the support of both human and natural community.

Past workshops have included:

Sense Poetics, Spring 2011

The Art of Description (author study: Mark Doty), Winter 2011

Poetry and the Harvest, Fall 2010

Entering the Mind of Poetry (author study: Jane Hirshfield), Spring 2010

Fluid Worlds: Poetry and the Water Cycle, Winter 2010

Laughing Matters, Spring 2009

Meaning and Its Meanings, Winter 2009

Prose Poetry I & II, Spring 2008

The Big Questions, Winter 2008

Sustainability and Inspiration, Spring 2007

The Universe and Other Words, Winter 2007

Poetry as Waking and Dreaming, Spring 2006

Poetry and the Powers of Ten, Winter 2006

From a Private Address: Epistolary & Poetry, Fall 2005

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