Nature of Words Nature Essay Class for Adults Starts September 14


Come to The Nature of Words (NOW) on Wednesday, September 14 and begin work on that nature essay you’ve wanted to write. Instructor Michele DeSilva will guide you through the process during this three session adult class which continues on September 21 and September 28. The walking essay has long been a staple of the nature essay genre. This class will explore the connection between walking and writing the nature essay. All levels of adult writers are welcome – beginners, experienced and nature enthusiasts. Classes start at 6pm and end at 7:30pm. Cost for all three sessions is $65. To register, call NOW at 541-647-2233.

Michele DeSilva is a two-time winner of NOW’s Rising Star Creative Writing Competition, including the nature essay category. She is a librarian at Central Oregon Community College and has taught classes at The Storefront, NOW’s drop-in workshops for middle- and high-school students.

The nature essay class is just the first in a planned series of adult creative writing classes at The Nature of Words, including a haiku class to be taught by award-winning haiku poet Jeb Barton.

About Our Sponsors and Donors
The Nature of Words is grateful for the support of the following 2011 sponsors and donors:
Co-Sponsors: OSU-Cascades, Central Oregon Community College. Laureate: M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Starview Foundation in Support of the Deschutes Land Trust, Anonymous Donor. Ex Libris: The Bulletin, Julia Kennedy Cochran, The J.G. Edwards Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, St. Charles Health System, Visit Bend. Best Seller: Cascade Publications, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Combined Communications, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Margaret Heater, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Mike and Sue Hollern, Kinsman Foundation, Karen Poulsen, Les Schwab Tires, Oregon Cultural Trust, Roundhouse Foundation, Umpqua Bank, University of Oregon. Page Turner: Dr. Stephen Archer, Autzen Foundation, Bend Radio Group, Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, Devore’s Good Food Store, Facebook Prineville Data Center, Craig and Linda Moore, The Old Mill District, Oxford Hotel, Beth Patterson, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Bend, Jeff and Margie Robberson, Sally Russell, Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, The Source Weekly, Matt and Diana Tomseth, Jan and Jody Ward, Margaret and Jim Wood.

The Nature of Words is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Nature of Words is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities.

The Nature of Words is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds Oregon Humanities’ grant program.

About The Nature of Words
The mission of The Nature of Words is to foster an appreciation of the literary arts and humanities in the high desert region of the Northwest through community interaction with acclaimed authors, and through creative writing programs for students and adults. For more information about the Nature of Words, visit


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