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Oct. 13: Nature Journaling and Writing Retreat at Severson Dells Forest Preserve

Why should I come? I don’t write about nature. Spending time in nature and journaling about it sharpens our observation skills. Walking trails or even just sitting in nature engages all the senses and relaxes us – so we can better apply ourselves to any writing project. Ready to give it a try?

Join In Print Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, Illinois. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., there will be a Nature Journaling workshop with instructor Ann Wasser. The program will include journaling techniques, a guided nature hike, and journaling time.

Ann Wasser is the Director of Severson Dells and comes from a long background in informal science education. She has taught nature journaling to all ages, most recently as the instructor for the California Naturalist program at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Cost of the program is $4.00 for In Print members or $8.00 for nonmembers. Please register by October 5. Mail check or money order to In Print Writers, PO Box P.O. Box 2146, Loves Park, IL 61130. Make payable to In Print Writers and include Journaling Workshop in the memo line. Mail early enough that it arrives by Oct. 5. If you have any questions, mail Lisa Roettger, In Print President.

Following the workshop there will be an In Print writers retreat from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the classroom on site at Severson Dells. There is no charge for the retreat. Members and nonmembers are encouraged to attend both events, but may otherwise attend either event as their time allows.

Writers attending both events will want to bring a brown bag lunch and beverage. Please bring a writing journal and be prepared to be outside (bring layers). Workshop participants and/or those wishing to write outdoors may wish to bring insect repellent. Wi-Fi is available at the facility.


Still thinking about a critique group?

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Despite a weather delay early this year, In Print is moving ahead on setting up genre- or geography-based critique groups in 2018. If you are a member and want to take part, drop a note to In Print President Lisa Roettger at lisa_roettger@hotmail.com for more information.

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Get involved with In Print radio. Drop a note to our radio guru Bob Francis at radioflyer@earthling.net. We need radio techs, interviewers, readers and archivists. Ask him for details.

Keep on writing.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting is Oct. 13 at Severson Dells Nature Center.

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Katie’s Cup has plenty of nearby parking and is accessible to wheelchairs.


If you are a writer who would like to pursue a love of writing, expand your talents, and explore the market for publication, then In Print is the organization for you.

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