Writing in the Wild

Writing in the Wild

June 5, 2021
Experiment with writing forms, learn from listening, and hone a deep attention to the natural world as you write in the wild!

Patti invites writers of all levels to join this day of generative writing. Throughout the day Patti will present three to four short structured writing workshops, focusing on various literary forms and elements of writing craft. Participants will follow prompts for writing short pieces of prose and/or poetry and share new work—a practice of deepening our understanding of what writing can do, how our voices matter, and how writing can sharpen our attention to the world around us.

Patti’s workshops are designed to encourage writers of every level. We will take a few risks, and write freely within a supportive and generous group atmosphere. We will be surprised by the good writing that happens. And of course we’ll find inspiration in the grand landscape all around.

There will be breaks for walking and lunch.

Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, writing materials, a mind open to what surprises writing will bring, and a portable chair if you like.

Patti Trimble is an award-winning poet and essayist who teaches and performs in the US and Europe. Since the 1990s she’s taught at universities, poetry festivals, and in the Point Reyes wilds. Her workshops are pop-up creative communities, inviting participants to write as connection to self, others, and the natural world.


-We will be meeting at the Limantour Beach Parking Lot

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Notebook, journal, or preferred writing supplies

Folding chair is recommended

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

Interested in becoming a member of PRNSA? Click Here!

Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Give us a call!

Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Shoot us an Email!

For any questions, please email us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we will require all participants to respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

  • Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.
  • Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

During class all participants will be required to do the following

  • We recommend that all participants continue to wear masks at this time, however, in accordance with CDC guidelines, exceptions can be made for fully vaccinated individuals if desired.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may remove masks for outdoor classes if they continue to maintain a 6’ distance from other participants.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering unless farther than 6’ from other participants in an outdoor class.
  • Continue to maintain a 6 foot physical distance from other participants not belonging to your household
  • Bring your own food and water
  • Current group sizes are still limited, there will be no physical contact or sharing of food and drink, and no shared physical equipment or materials unless they are sanitized before and after use, and used by only one person for the duration of class
  • NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

Thank you for your continuing cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.