Burke Museum's Fifth Annual Environmental Writers' Workshop

Event Date: 
May 4, 2013

The Pacific Northwest is a place where both nature and place-based writers abound. Workshop instructors Brenda Guiberson, David George Gordon, and David Montgomery bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world. Whether it is exploring the deep time of geology, considering the myriad ways of slugs, bugs, and everyoneʼs favorite, cockroaches, or connecting children with the natural world around them, these authors will inspire attendees to continue writing about the environment in all its guises.

The cost of the all-day workshop is $100, with a 10% discount for Burke members. Lunch is included. Scholarships are available with valid student ID; applications available on request. Call the Burke Museum Education Department to sign up: (206) 543-5591


Workshop leaders' biographies:

David R. Montgomery's books include The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon. A MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of the Washington State Book Award, David is a professor of geomorphology in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington. 

David George Gordon is the author of 19 books on subjects ranging from gray whales and garden slugs to Bigfoot and bald eagles. He has written for The Seattle Weekly,The Seattle Times, Outside, and National Geographic Kids magazine. He served as Science Writer for Washington Sea Grant, a division of NOAA at the University of Washington, from 1998 to 2012. .

Brenda Z Guiberson is the author (and occasional illustrator) of many nonfiction books for children, including picture books such as Frog Song, Life in the Boreal Forest, and the bestselling Cactus Hotel. Her books are like field trips into amazing parts of our world and have won awards from many groups including Orbis Pictus, John Burroughs Natural History Writing, Animal Behavior Society, science and English teachers, librarians, book sellers, parents and best of all, from kids themselves.

Event Details
Contact Name: 
David B. Williams, Education Assistant
Contact Email: 
burked@uw.edu OR theburke@uw.edu
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Located on the University of Washington Campus
17th Ave NE and NE 45th Street (venue)
Seattle, Washington 98195
17th Ave NE and NE 45th Street (venue)
Phone Number: 
(206) 543-5591
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