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Wild Writing and Interview with Analeah Loschiavo Rosen

Monday, October 15, 2018

Looking for some new inspiration for your writing? Fall is a great time to explore the art of nature writing and we’re hosting a half-day workshop on the subject on November 17 from 9am to 12noon at The Novel Neighbor. Check out the full description of Wild Writers: Environmental Writing for the Curious Novice, and learn more about the instructor, Analeah Loschiavo Rosen, in this interview:

When did you start writing? What drew you to environmental writing? 
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, but I think I only started taking writing seriously in college. Environmental writing came to me later on – I grew up in Florida (near the Everglades) and then moved to Chicago – both of these places lack what people like to think of as “environment,” that is, beautiful mountains and forests. But I loved both of their landscapes and began thinking about the fact that most people don’t live what we would like to consider “the great outdoors.” I wanted a way to reconcile the fact of the environment as lived daily experience and the notion that it can only exist in far away, pristine locations.

What surprises you about writing? What’s the hardest part for you?
I’m surprised that I haven’t solved it yet! The hardest part is always finding the form for what I want to say, struggling to make thought into a legible pattern.

What work are you most proud of and why?
Something I have yet to write. I’m always striving to figure something else out and make it better.

What are you currently working on? 
I’m working on a novella that looks at irradiated landscapes and uneven social dynamics. And some short stories about companion species!

If you could give only one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be?
Two things: Something my immigrant mother taught me, which was in reference to work ethic in general – you just have to sit your butt in the chair and do it. And another thing a college professor told me – at the end of the day, the strongest relation you’ll have is to your work. This relation will outlive your dogs, your partners, your mentors. At the end of it all it’s just you and your work. These two pieces of advice have really helped me through those times I’ve just wanted to give it all up.