Nature Literature & Writing


The workshop will provide professional guidance and the whole group and individual conferencing while calling on the natural world for inspiration.

As you craft new writing in nature, this workshop will nurture group cohesiveness and provide collective encouragement to all. Tailored to the whole group, small group, and individual goals, you will progress from rough drafts to more finished pieces over the weekend, sharing your writing around the fire in the evenings. At the same time, you’ll be exploring finished works by selected authors; delving into the uses of a nature journal, and challenging yourself to make close observations in the natural world. This workshop will provide empathetic responses as you work with your most honest and truthful words.

Nature Literature & Writing

Blissfest Member
  $85 | workshops only 
$190 |  workshops + 3 nights of camping 

$100 | workshops only

 $205 | workshops + 3 nights of camping 

Instructor Biography

James McCullough, a life-long resident of Petoskey, Michigan, graduate of the University of Michigan and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, has recently retired from teaching writing and literature after 34 years, 30 of which were spent at North Central Michigan College. He is the founder of the University of Michigan’s Bear River Writer’s Conference, now in its 20th year, and author of two books, Voelker’s Pond: A Robert Traver Legacy published by Huron Press, selected by the Library of Michigan as a notable book for 2003, and Echoes, a collection of outdoor essays, published by Deep Wood Press in 2018. A frequent contributor to Traverse Magazine, James has also published essays in The Bear River Review, Blue: The Michigan Magazine, The Dunes Review, and The American Journal of Fly Fishing.