Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9AM - 1PM

Be Thoreau: Writer - Panel and Workshop

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, a panel discussion, and breakout sessions for attendees to try out some of the exercises developed by the presenters.

The workshop will begin at 9:00 am at the Concord Museum (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.

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. As a mycologist, he has done fungal surveys in places as diverse as Honduras, Arctic Canada, Panama, East Greenland, Western Samoa, and Nantucket.   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.   Also, he has a velvet worm from Central America named after him.  When not on the road, he lives in Cambridge, MA.
  • 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 Globe Magazine, Yankee and many others. Her work has won the James Michener Award and the O Henry Prize and been widely anthologized. Schmidt's work is included in Penn State's course on the literature of Cape Cod: from Thoreau to Boston to modern day. 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 Whitlock is 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. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching writing courses.  

General Admission to the workshop $10; students (High School/College) and Teachers are $5; Members of the Concord Museum, Thoreau Farm, and Walden Woods Online registration is now closed for this event.

Snow Date: January 27

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