2022 Summer Program


Class #59

Tell Your Story: Writing About Experiences In Your Life (And Any Other Stories)

Roger Kuhns

July 24 - July 30, 2022

instructor imageEach of you has a story. Probably a good one, too. It might be from an event, an adventure or a lesson in your life or your family’s history. This class will delve into storytelling and how you can write down your compelling stories as literary works. With Roger’s guidance, you will explore character development, developing the story arc and the adventures or events, personal relationships or lessons and other topics in the context of your well-told story. You will also develop what every story needs: a quest. The skills you’ll learn in this class can be used for any writing style or literary genre.

Why are you telling the story? What is the point or lesson? What must be achieved in the story’s climax so your work is complete? During the week, these questions will help you to develop your story through extended writing exercises on the beautiful Clearing property, including character development, scene and interaction descriptions, dialogue, drama and comedy, plots and subplots and more. You’ll spend about half the time writing and the rest in individual and group gatherings. You’ll have the opportunity to read aloud in class to learn, refine and have fun! And Roger will also discuss editing and publishing.

Bring writing materials and/or your laptop computer, as well as important story-pertinent documents and photos that may help you in your week of writing. This is fun, so be fearless! You can contact Roger at rogerjameskuhns@gmail.com if you have questions.

Roger Kuhns is a geologist, writer, filmmaker, naturalist and sustainologist. He has lived and worked around the world practicing his geology, writing and music, including eight years in Africa, and has discovered gold deposits and dinosaur bones. For decades, he has worked on the geology of eastern Wisconsin, especially Door County, between adventures overseas. He has written four non-fiction and fiction books, two workbooks including Sustainable Urban Agriculture and A Writer’s Companion, completed one feature-length film entitled Escarpment, released two music albums of his original songs, and published a graphic story e-book on Yosemite Valley with his professional photographer son. He also writes for newspapers and radio on geology, climate change, music and topical features. Roger performs true-story comedic-dramatic monologues across the country from the Acorn Theatre in New York City to fringe festivals and community theaters in the Midwest. He continues to conduct his science through his sustainable practices company, SustainAudit, LLC and teaches at the University of Wisconsin Cedarburg Bog Field Station and The Clearing. He loves to write, and he loves to laugh. Roger and his wife Anne live in Connecticut and have a cottage in Door County.

Roger will contact students prior to class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $20 for Roger’s Writer’s Workbook and his book, Didn’t See That Coming
Web: www.rogerjameskuhns.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.