Nonfiction with Wallace J. Nichols

Spend each morning workshop (9:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m.) with Wallace J. Nichols and a group of up to twelve other writers. This workshop is open to creative nonfiction writers working in any number of forms:  science and nature writing, personal essays, memoirs, lyric essay, and topic essay. You will be asked to turn in/bring ten copies of a manuscript of no more than 5000 words to distribute to your fellow workshop members. We will spend some percentage of class time on those manuscripts as well as writing you do all together. In class you will work toward demystifying some of the essential components of great prose (image, metaphor, structure, dialogue, character, scene, among others) and turning them into comprehensible tools that are at your disposal. At the same time the class will honor the inexplicable flights of creativity that take a good idea and make it great story.

Click photo to hear Wallace J. Nichols TED-X talk

Click photo to hear Wallace J. Nichols TED-X talk

Blue Mind is a landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

BLUE MIND not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

Wallace J. Nichols’ book Blue Mind, published in summer 2014 by Little, Brown & Company, quickly became a national bestseller and has been translated to numerous languages and inspired a wave of media and practical application. He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular publications; lectured in more than 30 countries and nearly all 50 states; and appeared in hundreds of printfilm, radio, and television media outlets including NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, USA Today, Elle, Vogue, Fast Company, Surfer Magazine, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among many others.