How can we use Thoreau’s example to tap into our own writing genius?
For the last event in conjunction with This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal at the Concord Museum, the Museum joins with the Thoreau Farm Trust and the Walden Woods Project to present a half-day session aimed at answering exactly that question. While we will explore Thoreau’s life as a writer, we will focus on our own writing potential - our observations of places and people - with the help of four individuals who have used Thoreau to challenge, inspire, and provoke their own work and the work of their students.
Included in the program is a tour of the exhibition with Concord Museum curator, David Wood, a panel discussion with the presenters, and breakout sessions for attendees to try writing exercises developed by the presenters.
The workshop will begin at 9:00 am at the Concord Museum (GPS: 53 Cambridge Turnpike). We will adjourn to the historic Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Rd) for refreshments and the writing breakout sessions, ending there at 1:00 pm.
General Admission to the workshop is $10; Students and Teachers are $5; Members of the Concord Museum, Thoreau Farm, and Walden Woods Project are $5.
Space is limited, so reserve early online, or by phone at 978-369-9763 ext. 216
The morning’s presenters are as follows:
- As an explorer, Lawrence Millman has made over 40 trips and expeditions to the Arctic and Subarctic. He has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Penthouse. He has a mountain named after him in East Greenland and a doctorate in Literature from Rutgers University, yet he feels more privileged by the mountain than the degree.
- Heidi Jon Schmidt is the author of five novels and many short stories and essays, published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston GlobeMagazine, Yankee and many others. She lives in Provincetown, MA, and her most recent books, The House on Oyster Creek and The Harbormaster's Daughter, are set on the Outer Cape.
- The workshop also features two local educators who participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities workshop on Thoreau - Living and Writing Deliberately - which took place in Concord last summer. Concord resident Barbara Whitlockis the English Department Coordinator, Humanities Coordinator, and Coordinator of Critical Reading, Writing & Research at the Montrose School. Darrin Berard teaches literature and writing at Lowell High School, where he serves as the Lead Teacher for the Latin Lyceum.