TimeAugust 28-30, 7-8:30pm EDT each day PLEASE CONVERT IF YOU ARE NOT ON EASTERN TIME
Diane Ackerman: For Love of the World: A Virtual Weekend
“When we breathe, we pass the world through our bodies.”
Writer, naturalist, explorer, philosopher, and bridge between humans and wild things, Diane Ackerman has written more than two dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction and poetry, including “The Human Age”, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, and “A Natural History of the Senses”. Her clear and evocative prose is the next best thing to being there. As she follows her “nomadic curiosity,” getting herself into all kinds of troubles and delights, her keen observations encourage us to savor every moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles as well as the kind that come, with luck, once in a lifetime. Diane has a pilot's license and a crocodile sex hormone has been named after her. To read her is to love her; her faithful readership spans the globe. We are thrilled and delighted to offer you the opportunity to join this incandescent writer and seeker in a weekend webinar series.
Over the course of the weekend, in three 90 minute online sessions, Diane will talk about her life as a professional writer, her process, rituals, goals, trials and joys. Then, in the shadow of the current pandemic, she will go deeper into the craft itself to look at memoir writing in particular, asking how one can write movingly and convincingly about personal versus historical trauma, one’s own suffering or that of a loved one, against a backdrop of the struggles and triumphs inherent in being human. And in the last session, she will answer your questions about books, the creative life, and the human saga. And writers will be invited to share a specific craft problem they're wrestling with in their own work.