Inspired by Scott Gilbert’s assertion that “We are all lichens; we have never been individuals,” this workshop asks what it means to locate ourselves and our narrators within ecosystems. Borrowing tools from ecology—a discipline which centers relationships between beings and their environments—we will carefully read a variety of writers, including Julia Otsuka, ’Pemi Aguda, Samanta Schweblin, and Renee Gladman, who ask us to reconsider the possibilities of ecological writing. Through writing exercises and group discussion, we’ll focus on connections and relationships specific to a place—ecologies—as one central drama of our stories.
This workshop is open to and beneficial for writers of all levels and genres. Reserve your spot using the link!
Morgan Thomas is a writer from the Gulf Coast. Their work has appeared in The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They’ve received support from the Bread Loaf Work-Study Program and the Fulbright Foundation. They are currently a Southern Studies Fellow in Spartanburg, South Carolina.