This course will combine two activities often linked, walking and writing, with an environment in which the two are less often combined: January in Wisconsin. Students as a group will use at least 2 of the 5 weekly classes for 2-3 hour walks, beginning at Carthage and mapping the area in writing that ranges from poetry and stories to ethnography and travel writing. In-class days will be spent writing the walks, discussing related texts, and sharing and discussing each other s writing and experiences. Student writing will be informed and inspired by writers that have
combined writing and walking or writing and field work or writing in winter, writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Charles Baudelaire, Anthony McCann, Lorine Niedecker, Zora Neale Hurston, John Clare, Robert Walser, W. G. Sebald, Inuit poets and storytellers, Werner Herzog,Peter Handke, William Wordsworth, Yanyuwa songlines, and others. Each student will produce a book and give a public reading of her walks in winter.