Stories on Squam: A Morning of Creative Writing

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Squam Lakes Association headquarters, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register by Friday, May 28th. Click here to register.

This Week's Program:

Join LRCC member Maggy for a Squam themed creative writing workshop at the SLA! Participants will be assigned a critter, plant, natural formation, etc. that can be found on Squam; we will keep what we’ve each been assigned to ourselves. 

Then everyone will find a spot along the cove and write about what’s on their paper, WITHOUT EXPLICITLY SAYING WHAT THEY’VE BEEN GIVEN. You cannot use the word you’ve been assigned in your writing, only allude to it and write about the things it interacts with. This can be in any form of poetry or prose that you like, a haiku, a sonnet, a short story, or a simple paragraph.

This could be difficult depending on the word but if time allows, participants are welcome to write more than one piece using their word, or about anything they find inspiring. When finished, everyone will take turns reading their piece aloud and others will try to guess the subject of the piece, and the author will let us know if we got it correct!

All levels of writers are welcome, this is a no judgement zone!  We all realize that writing in a short time is never going to reflect our best work.  We are all here to enjoy people’s perspectives of the nature around us, no matter if you’re a beginner or a published novelist!

The following COVID-19 precautions will be enforced:

  • No participating if you are feeling ill (fever, cough, excessive fatigue, loss of taste or smell, or any other unexplained respiratory symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19)
  • Facial coverings / masks must cover nose and mouth at all times
  • No sharing of materials between groups unless properly disinfected between uses
  • Attendees from different groups must remain at least 6 feet apart
  • Program will be limited to 10 attendees and 2 leaders, totaling a maximum of 12 people

Audience: Ages 12+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Materials: Water & snacks (if you like), a face mask, outdoor clothing, and CREATIVITY. We will provide writing materials but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

This Week's LRCC Presenter: 

Hi there, I’m Maggy and I hail from New York, though the Granite State has been my stomping grounds for the last couple of years.  Before joining the LRCC, I studied sustainability, worked closely with wildlife and trained assistance dogs for those seeking greater independence in their daily lives.  On a day off I love kayaking, bird watching, star gazing, and a good bagel. I’m excited to continue doing conservation work with the SLA and educate the community on how we can preserve and protect the Squam watershed!

SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.


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