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Nature and Writing

This course listing applies to a Spring 2012 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2012
English 98 / 198
2-3 Unit(s)



About the Course:

This course is motivated by the philosophies of great nature writers, from Dawrin to Whitman, with an emphasis on the tradition of environmental writers in the Bay Area. Our hope is to not only study and share a selection of these works, but to actively participate in this tradition through our own writings and creations, and to immerse ourselves in the natural world through field trips!

Course activities will consist of: basic botany and plant identification, and field trips, readings and lively discussion, at home and in class writing exercises and workshops.

We of course encourage you to write and write. The creative work of the class will be shared during a final reading presentation and published via the Bay Area Alternative Press in an anthology of nature writing which each student will receive a copy of. If it's a huge success, we'll order more for our friends and family who attend the final celebration and reading!

This course is a very collaborative learning process, and requires considerable commitment from its participants. We encourage students from a variety of disciplines to apply – if you are a social science of humanities student, you will learn about methods of scientific inquiry, and about California flora and fauna. If you come from a science background, you’ll have the chance to experiment with creative writing and develop your written and verbal and creative writing skills. But we ultimately hope that this course will help dissolve some of the internally and externally imposed institutional barriers between disciplines – to see how we have perhaps all been asking the same questions all along. 

Join us for a semester of fun, field trips, and creative writing!


Rich Pauloo

Vickie Ly

Emma Tome


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 

- John Muir

How to Enroll:

If this class has struck an interest, please come to our first class meeting on January 25, 2012 at 6pm in 234 Dwinelle. Enrollment will be based on the demand for seats in the class and applications.

Course Contact: naturewritingberkeley AT

Faculty Sponsor: Robert Hass

Time & Location:

ENG 98/198[?]
Vickie Ly
Emma Tome
30234 DwinelleW 6p-8p1/25started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: NatureinWriting-2012Syllabus.pdfJan 676kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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