A Peak Ahead: Our First Writing Workshop, Changing Glaciers, Minor Mishaps, and More

February 23, 2016

The following note from Appalachia‘s Summer/Fall 2016 issue provides a preview of what’s coming up next, in Winter/Spring 2017.

Our First Writing Workshop

Before I tell you about our next issue of the journal, here’s an invitation. Writers of all levels and genres are invited to join us at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Cardigan Lodge in the New Hampshire Lakes Region for Appalachia’s first weekend workshop, Writing from the Mountains, October 28-30, 2016.

Many writers already know that good ideas come in a flash while we are doing something other than writing. The mountains can deliver this flash. We will help you find it and write it. We will begin Friday night with dinner at 6 p.m. On Saturday we will venture onto the trails of Cardigan Mountain and then write about what we experienced. On Sunday we will spend a bit more time in a workshop, honing writing ideas and techniques with our trail experiences as inspiration. Join seasoned writers from Appalachia and me, the journal’s editor, for this reasonably priced and low-key weekend. For more, see activities.outdoors.org/writingworkshop.

Changing Glaciers, Minor Mishaps, and More

In our next issue, two journalists will take us to Glacier National Park, where temperatures are rising faster than the global average. Lisa Densmore Ballard and Christopher Johnson share their reporting on mountain goats, melting ice, and more, drawn from when each hiked up to explore the swiftly changing Grinnell Glacier.

In the department of minor mishaps, we bring you Aaron Piccirillo, who gets lost in a very familiar woods, and Steve Jervis, who describes “My Only Rescue,” a story from his youth on a cliff below New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Read a new chapter in William Geller’s series on life a century ago in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness area. Join writer Richard Fleck’s meditative walks through the high country of Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs: the Catskills, New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock, and Maine’s Katahdin. Douglass Teschner will take us into his own past with “An Africa Mountain Journal.”

The winning essayist in our annual contest with the Waterman Fund explores wildness in the national parks. Our next issue will pay tribute to longtime Alpina editor Jeffery Parrette, who is retiring, and will introduce new editors for this column on adventures in the world’s big mountains.

Join us for these stories and much more in our Winter/Spring 2017 issue, coming in December. Check in at outdoors.org and on our Twitter feed @AppalachiaJourn.


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