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Author Janisse Ray will lead an intensive nature writers workshop this fall at The Mountain.The Wilderness Society will be hosting a three-day nature writer’s intensive with author Janisse Ray at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. The workshop is for writers committed to communicating the importance of place — where you live, where you hike, where your drinking water comes from — and what matters about its present and future state.

Participants will be engaged in both dialogue and writing exercises in a spectacular natural setting with one of the south’s most eloquent voices on this subject.

Janisse Ray is the award winning author of “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” of which the New York Times said, “The south has found its Rachel Carson.”

The Mountain is located in Western North Carolina near the town of Highlands and borders the Overflow Wilderness Study Area. Included in the workshop agenda will be hikes into Overflow as well as evenings with special guests such as regional authors Thomas Rain Crowe, John Lane, and Barbara Duncan.

Early registration fee for this workshop is $450 per person, and includes three nights of double-occupancy lodging, as well as all meals and workshop materials. For more information about the Center, go to

For more information or to join us this fall for this unique opportunity, contact Jill Gottesman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (828)587-9453.


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