10am – 1pm
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join artist-in-residence Elizabeth Wenger for a free writing workshop at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve on Saturday, August 19. Registration is strongly encouraged. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own snacks or sack lunches.

In this free generative writing workshop, Elizabeth Wenger will guide participants in taking the prairie as inspiration to create poetry and/or prose pieces. The goal is not to create finished, polished products, but to use writing as a tool to connect with surroundings and the land. 

As part of this workshop, Elizabeth will read nature poetry and discuss the various ways language can be used to describe, recreate, and humanize landscapes. After reading and discussing a few poems, participants will embark on a short nature walk taking notes on what is seen and heard, followed by responsive writing. 

No prior writing experience is necessary. Come ready to write with paper and a pen or pencil. 

Elizabeth J. Wenger is a queer writer from Oklahoma. Wenger is currently an MFA student at Iowa State University’s program in Creative Writing and Environment. She is at work on a collection of essays, but still manages to pump out the occasional short story. Wenger is interested in exploring various ideas and definitions of ‘The Natural’ in politics, culture, technology, and the built environment. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Hopper, orange peel literary magazine, Utah Lake Anthology, Litbreak, and more.