The Undersides of Streams: Writing Poetry of Place

Start Date: 
Saturday, September 18, 2021 to Sunday, September 19, 2021
Emilie Lygren
Course Type: 
UCorp Workshop
Summer 2021

General Description

"Poems hide...what we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them." - Naomi Shihab Nye


Offer yourself a weekend of writing and reflection. This will be an encouraging, supportive workshop focused on generating new work and building a “toolkit” for crafting poems that explore our inner and outer landscapes. We will engage in guided writing exercises that pull in practices of nature journaling, scientific observation, and mindfulness. Opportunities for sharing and group conversation will be interspersed with ample breaks for reflection and solo writing time. All levels of experience welcome.

Date of Period




September 18 - 19



Emilie Lygren



Emilie Lygren is a writer, outdoor educator, facilitator, and award-winning poet. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology from Brown University, and has over a decade of experience as a writer and as an outdoor science educator. From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2012, Emilie worked in the kitchen at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, happily welcoming guests, cooking meals, and spending every hour in between auditing classes and hiking the local trails. This impactful experience left her with a deep knowledge of the unique landscape surrounding the field campus.

Since then, Emilie has developed dozens of publications and curricula focused on outdoor science education and social-emotional learning through her work at the award-winning BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and was named the Northern California Environmental Educator of the Year by the Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education in 2014. Emilie’s poems have been published in numerous national literary journals, and her first book of poetry, What We Were Born For, won the Blue Light Book Award. In writing and teaching, Emilie centers awareness and curiosity as tools to bring people into deeper relationship with themselves, their communities, and the natural world. Visit Emilie's website for more of her work and words:

Class Schedule

9:30am-12pm: Guided writing practice & community sharing;

12pm-2pm: Recess for lunch and individual practice;

2pm-4pm: Guided writing practice & community sharing.


Your favorite writing implements – pencil and/or pen, and a journal.

Computer or tablet with Zoom capabilities.