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The Environmental Storytelling Studio (TESS) supports authors and new writers who marry scholarship and literary skill as they bring environmental stories to the public. Currently, we have three initiatives:


Hosted by The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, this one-week intensive course helps academics new to writing for a broad audience. Part skills workshop, part immersion in the genre of environmental storytelling, and part introduction to trade publishing, the goal of the course is to diversify the stories we draw on to understand our environments, from who tells them to who reads them. APPLICATIONS FOR THE MAY 2023 COURSE ARE NOW OPEN.


Co-founders Bathsheba Demuth and Kerri Arsenault guest-edit essays in partnership with Emergence magazine, with the goal of identifying and assisting  environmental storytellers find a published home for their work. First essays go live in early 2023.


Together with Providence bookshop Twenty Stories, TESS hosts a bi-monthly book club featuring authors whose works exemplify a blending of deep research and compelling story. Dates & details coming in early 2023.


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