Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness

Summer 2014 quarter (Session II)

Taught by

physics, mathematics, creative writing

Many cultures have a tradition of teachers and students spending time in wilderness. We’ll let wilderness work in us, inspire us and help immerse us in writing. Carrying our own food and shelter brings focus, and opens new viewpoints on sustainability. We’ll study and live Leave-No-Trace ethics as we paddle to Squaxin Island and backpack at Mts. Rainier, St. Helens and the Olympics. We’ll seminar, write and engage in peer review, with ongoing faculty feedback.

This all-level program could be orientation for incoming students, and a chance for anyone to engage deeply with writing, and/or produce a finished publishable manuscript.

Students who wish to extend work into the other session for additional credit may do so through individual learning contracts.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day and Evening

Advertised schedule: July 28-31, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Squaxin Island paddling: 8/4-8/6;  Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mt. Rainier backpacking: 8/11-8/13; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mt. St. Helens backpacking: 8/18-8/20; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hoh River backpacking: 8/23-8/29


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Schedule Details

July 28-31, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. wks 2-4: M 8am-W 4pm trips (3 days each), Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on campus wk 5: Sun 8am-Sat 4pm trip (7 days)

Off Campus Location

wk 2: Squaxin Island wk 3: Mt. Rainier wk 4: Mt. St. Helens wk 5: Olympic NP (Hoh Visitor Ctr to Blue Glacier)

Required Fees

$1100 total for campsites, parks access, motorpool and food.

Special Expenses

If our food costs are less, some of this will be reimbursed. Also, anyone who has her/his own equipment will not have to pay for equipment rental. Base cost will be $704 minus rebate on food costs.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 11


Course Reference Number

Second Session (8 credits): 40022

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