The Poetry of Ripe

With Catherine Young

Date: July 27, 2019

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level: This workshop is for all writers – those who have never written to those who write regularly and seek new ideas.

Class Fee:  $80.00

So much poetry has been written about blackberries and apples and all the ripeness of summer.  Let’s delve into the juiciness of a ripening July day in the Upper Midwest by creating our own poetry.

Writer and naturalist,  Catherine Young, will lead exercises and prompts for you to generate and craft poems. We will look for what each poem longs to be while considering consistent narrative and evocative language.  Each participant will leave the workshop with poems and ideas for more writing.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): none

Students need to bring:  Please bring along writing tools: pen and notebook, tablet, or anything that works for you except for “Sharpies,” permanent, and dry erase markers. Please also refrain from wearing fragrance. The instructor is disabled with MCS and needs to eliminate exposures.

As needed, bring sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothes for a July day.

Catherine Young  is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place.

 Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Imagination and Place: Cartography, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review and in  Minding Nature, Fourth River, About Place, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Passager, Ascent, Camas, and Flyway. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket.

A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays, Catherine is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at

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Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.