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Words in Place

Reconnecting with Nature through Creative Writing

August 2007
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    29th August 2007
  • ISBN 9781903458693
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.

This nine-week writing course follows a path through the realms of nature, from mineral to plants, animal, and people. By exploring the qualities of each, Words in Place encourages the writer to find a unique, authentic voice and to forge a new relationship the inner and outer worlds.

Paul Matthews offers a rich variety of creative techniques and exercises, including "haiku hikes," word and story games, written conversation, collaborative writing, and "tiny tales."

The reader will enjoy this powerful and unusual book both for its help in connecting with nature and for its insights into imagination and the poets and writers who created the literary geography of East Sussex, the author’s home.

“Inspirational to those committed to the art of education, in the broadest senses, and, most especially, to those drawn to both the art of writing and the art of healing.”

—Peter Abbs, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Sussex

C O N T E N T S:

WEEK 1: Opening Our Senses to Each Other and the World
WEEK 2: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire
WEEK 3: Turning a New Leaf
WEEK 4: The Flowering Garden and Our Responses to It
WEEK 5: The Animal in Nature
WEEK 6: Giving Voice to the Animals
WEEK 7: Being Human
WEEK 8: The Story We Belong to
WEEK 9: Walking Back the Way We Came

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews, poet and teacher of Spacial Dynamics®, is the director of Language Alive—the creative writing course at Emerson College. His publications include Sing Me the Creation (Hawthorn Press) and The Ground that Love Seeks (Five Seasons Press). He has traveled widely with his work, giving poetry readings and talks and leading workshops in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. He recently founded "Poetry Otherwise" to encourage poetry in communities.