Attention Student Writers: Register now for our Free Masterclass with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
We couldn’t think of a better way to acknowledge Earth Day than by announcing a special writing class for high schoolers with a best-selling, critically-acclaimed ecological author!
This May, Michigan students will have the first opportunity to learn from author Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, who is joining the National Writers Series for an author event during the soon-to-be announced summer season.
Before she heads to our virtual stage, Dr. Kimmerer will stop by the virtual classroom at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 to share her advice and wisdom with young writers.
Students in ninth grade and up are invited to a free, one-hour class held via Zoom webinar. Dr. Kimmerer will dive into the art of environmental writing and crafting powerful personal essays, offering inspiration and real-world takeaways for aspiring writers. The class will include a moderated talk from the author, followed by Q&A from the students.
The story of Braiding Sweetgrass‘s recent popularity is amazing just on its own. The book spent nearly all of 2020 on the New York Times best-seller list, fueled by word-of-mouth recommendations across the country a full seven years after its original release.
Those interpersonal recommendations were inspired by the book’s lessons on botany explored through Native American traditions, and how nature helped reunite Kimmerer (an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation) with her own culture’s traditions.
Dr. Kimmerer describes her book as “an invitation to celebrate the gifts of the earth,” while famed anthropologist
Jane Goodall calls Braiding Sweetgrass an “extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people.”
Free registration is available for all students in 9th-12th grade throughout Michigan and beyond.
As our Michigan home is part of Potawatomi land, we’re honored to be able to bring Dr. Kimmerer here (virtually) to share with students her insights and experiences in the art and craft of writing.
In addition to her works as an author, Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Class Description: Bestselling author Robin Wall Kimmerer will offer a FREE one-hour class about the art of environmental writing and crafting powerful personal essays. The class will have a moderated talk from the author, followed by Q&A from the students.
Age Group: 9th grade and up recommended
Date and Time: May 18, 2021, at 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom webinar (a link will be distributed to registrants on the day of the event).
Special Note: This webinar will be recorded and posted to the National Writers Series YouTube channel after the event.