Writing Classes

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Wednesdays, June 15-July 6, 5pm-7pm PT – Online

Nature writing is often viewed as a Eurocentric practice, but it has roots throughout global majority cultures. In this class, we’ll read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction by Black, Indigenous, Asian American, and Latinx writers. I’ll offer writing prompts derived from forest bathing, bird noticing, and other practices meant to attune us to the more-than-human world. You’ll leave with three to four drafts of poems or short prose, plus a variety of skills for writing about nature and your place within it.

Registration opens for Hugo House members on May 24th and to the public on May 31st. Apply here for a scholarship.


Forest Bathing & Writing

Tuesday, June 28, 5:30pm-8:30pm PT – Mt. Tabor Park, Portland, OR

This class, held outdoors at Mt. Tabor Park, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your observations and your writing, if you wish. In each class, you’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use in your everyday life to help promote a sense of relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required.

All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking, depending on your comfort, ability, and interest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately—we will be outdoors for the entirety of class, including writing time.

Register here or apply here for access rate tuition.


Forest Bathing & Writing

Tuesday, July 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm PT – Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR

This class, held outdoors at Hoyt Arboretum, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your observations and your writing, if you wish. In each class, you’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use in your everyday life to help promote a sense of relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required.

All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking, depending on your comfort, ability, and interest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately—we will be outdoors for the entirety of class, including writing time.

Register here or apply here for access rate tuition.


Manuscript Consultations

I offer comprehensive written comments on poetry manuscripts, including suggestions for revisions and editing. Consultations on chapbook and book manuscripts also include recommendations for sequencing, titling the manuscript and its sections, and a holistic review of the manuscript’s strengths and areas that may need more attention prior to publication.

Manuscript length:

  • Application Sample (10-12 Pages) – $259
  • Chapbook (24-36 Pages) – $499
  • Book (50-100 Pages) – $899

After you have submitted payment, please send your manuscript to jp [at] jenniferperrine.org. In the body of the email, please include a short paragraph describing anything you wish me to know in advance–for example, discoveries you’ve made in writing this piece, questions that you’ve already considered or are still trying to answer, and/or areas you’d like me to address in my comments.

To allow for multiple readings and close consideration of your work, responses typically take about a week for small sets of poems, up to two weeks for an application sample, and up to a month for chapbook and book manuscripts.

Sign up for manuscript consultations here.