Gary Ferguson leads a nature-writing workshop sponsored by Chuckanut Writers and North Cascades Institute from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Whatcom Community College Foundation Building. The cost is $75; register at whatcomcommunityed.com or 360-383-3200.
His workshop will be followed by a public reading at 7 p.m. at Village Books, 1200 11th St., for his new book, “The Carry Home” a moving celebration of the outdoor life he shared with wife, Jane, who died in a canoeing accident in Ontario in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature.
Over the past 25 years Ferguson has traveled thousands of miles down the rivers, trails and back roads of North America. He trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write “Walking Down the Wild,” wandered through the seasons with the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park for “The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year,” and spent a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program for his best-selling “Shouting at the Sky,”
At the workshop, participants will begin with a mix of storytelling, contemplative writing exercises, and lecture, exploring recurring themes within the nature myths of various cultures. The class will then move on to specifics, using exercises to help participants identify the transcendent or archetypal themes of their own links to the natural world.
Ferguson is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program at Pacific Lutheran University.