CFP: [Science] Environmental Writers' Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Barbara Ward Klein

Fifth Environmental Writers' Conference in honor of Rachel Carson
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
June 10 â€" 13, 2008

The Fifth Environmental Writers' Conference in honor of Rachel Carson will
be held once again at The Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and
scholars, writers, educators and artists are welcome to attend. The
Conference is held biennially, and it is a blend of scholarly and creative
presentations, readings, informal discussions and workshops. In addition,
it offers participants an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor
activities in one of the North Atlantic coastline’s most serene locations
where the forest really does meet the sea.

The 2008 Conference is limited to 100 participants, making it possible for
organizers to be responsive to the individual. You will not be lost in the
crowd! And the event is held at The Spruce Point Inn, located directly on
the water and within walking distance of downtown Boothbay Harbor. It is a
green Inn and it is family friendly, so this may be the perfect opportunity
to bring family and friends.

The featured speakers for the 2008 Conference will include Verlyn
Klinkenborg, author and member of the editorial board of The New York
Times, who will be our Keynote Speaker. Our other featured speakers will
include Alison Hawthorne Deming, John Elder â€" who will be in residence
throughout the Conference - David Gessner, Linda Lear, and Jennifer Sahn.
Jennifer Sahn is the editor of Orion Magazine, and she will be our editor
in residence, reviewing a select number of works-in-progress.

The program will also include guided hikes and tidal pool explorations led
by representatives from the Boothbay Harbor Land Trust, the Coastal Maine
Botanical Gardens, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. In
addition, a trip to the Burnt Island Lighthouse has been scheduled.

Paper and presentation sessions will also be included in the program, and
those that are offered at the Conference will be eligible for inclusion in
the Archives at the Thoreau Library at Walden Woods. If you would like to
participate, you are invited to submit an abstract of your work that
represents a 15-minute reading or presentation at the Conference. Please
submit before January 19, 2008 if your work will add to the discussion of
these â€" or other â€" related topics:

• Nexus of science, literature and art
• Nature in unlikely places
• Sense of Wonder . . . Sense of Outrage!
• Pre and post-colonial ecocriticism
• Response to nature’s degradation
• Women, place and environment
• The poetry of science
• Nature and spirituality

For further details about the 2008 Conference, please visit our website at, contact us by e-mail at, or
telephone our registration co-ordinator, Joe Doll, at (317) 919-1419. If
you are interested in working with Jennifer Sahn, an abstract must be sent
before January 19th, and â€" if selected â€" a full manuscript must be
submitted before February 15th.

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