Mondays, 6-8:30pm EST

January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13

Program Cost:



As with our other online programs, the live sessions will also be recorded, so you can participate live AND/OR by watching the recordings.

The info to access the recordings will be shared after you register. Recordings will be available for 6 months.

About The Program

Check out Chip Blake’s paid recorded program, What Birds Can Teach Us: A Seven-Part Online Master Class in Nature Writing, and his articles, A Father and Son Go Fishing and Looking at the Natural World.

Winter is the season when nature goes quiet, the days get shorter, and many animals hibernate. The same is true for us humans in many ways — we become more introspective, slow down, turn inward, and restore ourselves through our own kinds of hibernation.

In this six-week online class, the former editor of Orion Magazine and Milkweed Editions will help participants to become better writers at the same time that we focus on and learn about nature in winter. We will devote our attention to the bare trees, night skies, unpredictable weather, and the birds and animals that stick around through these cold months. The winter will be the prompt we use to keep learning about writing — and about ourselves, our inner lives, and our need for sustenance.

Chip and your classmates will give feedback and encouragement on your writing, such that we will become stronger, more confident writers. Our goal will be that each participant comes away from the class with a finished piece of writing — as well as new insights about yourself and your own life.

This class — the fourth in a series of popular writing classes that Chip has led at Rowe recently — is meant for writers of all levels. All that’s required is a willingness to listen to your senses, to your fellow participants, and to your own hopes, fears, and dreams. The class will feature writing exercises, reading assignments, and guests who will drop in to visit with us. We will also—from our own homes—spend time outside and share our discoveries with each other.

Meet the Presenter

Chip Blake

Chip Blake

Chip Blake is the former Editor-in-Chief of Orion and Milkweed Editions. Articles and books he has edited have been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award in Environmental Journalism, the John Burroughs Medal, the Minnesota Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and the National Magazine Award, and they have been selected for inclusion in Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He serves as a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Society of Magazine Editors.