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Writing Nature

Old book laying on a log outside at sunset


Registration opens March 1, 2023.

Exploring Nature
June 26-30, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 10-14


There is no such thing as an ordinary walk, especially in these magical Western NC mountains. The more we wander, the more we trigger our sense of wonder. Freelance writer and nature photographer Sue Wasserman is eager to help young adults become present to the wonders and help them transform their experiences into group conversations, creative writing, photography, and drawing projects. Kids can count on a different adventure each day, some of which will take place in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We’ll talk about the environment as we hike, pay attention to the flowers and critters, and see what happens when we harness our imaginations in the woods. Stream activities will help keep kids cool, so plan to wear or bring a swimsuit and a change of clothes. Journals and colored pencils will be provided for writing and drawing activities. 

Campers should expect to walk up to a few miles each day. Please be prepared with comfortable shoes, clothing and a water bottle.

Please note that lunch WILL NOT be provided. Parents and their camper will be responsible for bringing lunch daily.

Writing Nature
July 24-28, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ages 9-13


Nature sure knows how to inspire! That's the premise behind freelance writer and nature photographer Sue Wasserman's Writing Nature program. While wandering along stream banks and wooded trails, Sue encourages children to see nature in new ways as well as find their beautiful voice for fun writing, photography and drawing activities. Campers will go to various spots on and off-campus to do writing, poetry and get inspired by nature! Materials will be provided for journaling and writing activities. There will be a day or two with creek activities so plan to bring a change of clothes! 

About the Instructor:

Sue Wasserman

Sue Wasserman

Sue Wasserman is both a freelance writer and nature photographer who loves sharing her passion with children.

As a writer, she’s written for both a variety of businesses as well as publications such as The New York Times, Southern Living, American Style, Ceramics Monthly, Atlanta Journal/Constitution and Asheville Citizen Times. She’s self-published Walk with Me: Exploring Nature’s Wisdom and A Moment’s Notice, both of which combine her passion for writing and nature photography. In 2022, she was the Steve Kemp Writer in Residency in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where she had the time of her life writing about her park experiences. She is currently working on a children’s book based on her experiences.

As a teaching artist, she loves helping children unlock their imagination and find their writing voices through outings in nature.

Essays by Sue Wasserman:

Don't Stack Rocks

Finding and embracing the magicalness within


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