Green Is the New Blue is offering a nature-focused writing workshop on January 15

The next installment of “Green Is the New Blue”, a series of free creativity workshops in nature, will take place on Saturday January 15 at the Barfield Park Wilderness Station from 10 am to noon.

Entitled Bearings and affinities in nature: writing in the open air, the workshop will be led by writer Fred Arroyo with naturalist Margie Hunter. Inspired by author Merrill Gilfillan’s sense of outdoor writing, Arroyo and Hunter will guide participants in composing poems and paragraphs inspired by time and outdoor observations.

Participants are required to dress for a walk outside, although some of the workshop time will be indoors at the Wilderness Center.

Pre-registration is required

Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required. No previous creative writing experience is required. Learn more and register on

About the workshop facilitators

Fred arroyo is the author of Sown in the Earth: Essays on Memory and Belonging, Western Avenue and other fictions, and the novel The region of lost names. The Murfreesboro author’s writing has appeared in anthologies Camino del Sol: fifteen years of Latin and Latin writing and The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World. Fred’s writings are also included in the Library of Congress ‘Spotlight on US Hispanic Writers’ series.

Margie Hunter is a naturalist, writer and author of Gardening with native Tennessee plants: the spirit of the place. She gives presentations on native plants and natural history, is a member of the Tennessee Native Plant Society and the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, and volunteers with the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Margie is a founding board member of the Tennessee Naturalist Program, an adult natural history course, and serves as an instructor for several courses. In 2013-2014, she studied poetic writing at Writer’s Loft (now MTSU Write).

Learn more about Green Is the New Blue

“Green Is the New Blue,” a project bringing together community teaching artists, MTSU professors and naturalists, guides participants in a creative connection with one another, with themselves and with the natural world. Animated by duos of artists and naturalists, workshops are offered in movement and dance, writing and visual arts. The project is coordinated by Amie Whittemore, Director of MTSU Write.

The series began in November and will run until May 2022. The February event will feature dancing at Oaklands Park.

The two-hour workshops are free and open to the public, with funding and support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Greater Nashville Area Council, and the MTSU’s Arts, English and Dance Departments, University Rector’s Office, College of Liberal Arts and Environmental Education Center.

Learn more in this MTSU press release and on this MTSU Write events page.