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Saturday, October 28 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BBF Unbound: Ecological Writing

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Ecological writing is both a process aimed at learning to connect with our voice, stories, and truth and a means to create authentic work. The notion of the ecological model is inspired by the life of a forest (relational, chaotic, intertwined, inside-out, ever-changing) as opposed to the more standard “architectural” model of writing (pre-designed, outside-in, concrete, static, finite, separate). The architectural model of writing focuses almost exclusively on writing skills and creating product. The ecological model of writing focuses on skills, but also works to empower writers to locate and write in their own voices, from their own lives. Through a process of working with text, prompts, questions, and conversation, facilitators Katie Mather and Tamara Ellis Smith hope to access participants’ creative ecosystem (experience, memory, people, text, art, life) —connecting with each other and, ultimately, ourselves.

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Katie Mather

Katie Mather is related to a Salem judge and a Salem witch. She has a filthy mouth, an obsessive love for [select parts of] David Foster Wallace's oeuvre, a habit of reading Watership Down multiple times a year, and a driving need to make the world a better place. She writes... Read More →
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Tamara Ellis Smith

Tamara Ellis Smith’s debut middle grade novel, Another Kind of Hurricane, was a Summer 2015 Kids Indies Next List pick, a 2015 Indies Introduces Top Ten Pick, one of Bank Street's Best Books of the Year, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist, and a Vermont Book Award finalist. Smith... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
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