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• December 4, 1:30 p.m. at the Shelton Timberland Library:
Poet Ann Batchelor Hursey will share stories about the writing of her latest book, FIELD NOTES to Maya Lins Confluence Project Landscapes (Salmonberry Press, 2021). She’ll discuss how her pilgrimage to each of these sites along 438 miles of the Columbia River deepened her knowledge about the land, the river and its First People. Ann completed work on the manuscript for Field Notes during a return residency at Holly House last winter. Her poems have appeared on Seattle buses, in  the Seattle Review, Raven Chronicles, and Crab Creek Review, among  others. Besides collaborating with a variety of artists, she has written poems to compost, community gardens and fair trade. Her chapbook, A Certain Hold, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.
Colin Fogarty, Executive Director of Confluence, wrote, “Ann captures the experience of visiting the Confluence sites along the Columbia River System with an open mind, open heart and an enthusiasm to learn more about the Indigenous cultures of our region.”
• December 11, time TBA, Holly House – very limited capacity, please contact director@hypatia-in-the-woods for a reservation:
Book artist Tennille Davis Shuster will demonstrate techniques of masking and marbling paper.
A book designer, letterpress printer, and bookbinder, Tennille is an associate professor and director of the graphic design program at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Previously, she was associate professor at Nova Southeastern University, preceded by a decade of professional design practice. Her special interests in paper marbling include Turkish Ebru, Japanese Suminagashi, and Spanish Moiré marbling techniques for the endpapers of her artist books.
• Date and time in late December, early January TBA: 
Landscape Painter Roxanne Everett will offer an outdoor, nature-based sketching workshop, sharing her own sketchbook and assisting participants with theirs. Obviously, this will be weather-dependent, and will be limited to 10 participants. Please contact to sign up.
Roxanne, who is based in Stehekin and Seattle, has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in forest ecosystems, and is a graduate of the Artist Trust EDGE professional development program. Her work appears in galleries and exhibitions throughout the Northwest.
• January 22, noon-2 p.m., Browser’s Bookshop, 107 Capitol Way N, Olympia:
Author/Artist Susan Sarver will offer a workshop, “Finding the Universal in the Personal Essay.” Susan observes, “Those first 100 words of your personal essay practically wrote themselves. Suddenly your momentum slows as you begin to wonder, “who cares?” The personal essay aims to connect a private story with the broader world of human experience. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for drawing universal truths from personal stories and put some of these ideas into practice by writing from a few prompts.” To participate, contact Andrea at Browser’s (but please wait until after Christmas, as the Browser’s staff is running flat out during the holiday season.)
Susan Sarver’s essays have appeared in various anthologies and publications including The Christian Science Monitor, Country Living, Reader’s Digest, and Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul. She has worked as a newspaper columnist, university writer, and editor. She holds an MFA in creative writing and is the author of Returning to College: Continuing to Learn after 50 (New Forums Press 2017).

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