The Spirituality of Place-Inspired Writing

Instructor: Ruth Ann Purchase

Saturday June 20

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

EC & ESWA Members: $25
Nonmembers: $35

This workshop is provided in partnership with the Eastern Shore Writers Association.

Ancient wisdom is not only a trendy “take” on nature narratives, but now inform all disciplines in this age of re-enlightenment. Practical change on every front is coming from the contextualization of indigenous wisdom, which is why our guest speaker, RuthAnn Purchase has focused her career toward understanding and sharing indigenous insights, especially those of her Grandmother’s people, the Lenape.  In her presentation we will explore writers from William Penn to Vine Deloria and even Wendell Berry, who some call the Emerson of our day. Ms. Purchase will share how these insights have affected how she writes about gender issues in her current novella.

Delmarva Peninsula Pachamama Alliance Coordinator and founder of Friends of Lenape Everywhere, RuthAnn Purchase is a linguist turned sociologist advocating for Lenape language restoration.  Having studied on six continents, cultural contextualization of indigenous world views pervades all her personal writing.

In an effort to enhance the writing abilities of local authors, ESWA will hold three workshops in partnership with Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living, two workshops at Trinity Cathedral Parish Hall, Easton, and one at the Bridgeville Library in Bridgeville, DE. These modestly-priced workshops will be held on Saturday mornings in March, April, May and June and are open to the public. Advance registration is recommended.  Click for a complete listing of the workshop series.

4/18  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Shalagh Hogan present a workshop on:
“The Why is the How—Intentional Blogging 101”

Seating is limited. Register online or call the office at 410-819-3395

5/30  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM  – Canceled by ESWA
Barbara Lockhart presents a workshop:
“Weaving the Story from Fact”
Seating is limited. Register online or call the office at 410-819-3395

6/20  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ruth Ann Purchase offer a workshop:
“The Spirituality of Place – Inspired Writing”

Seating is limited. Register online or call the office at 410-819-3395

ESWA will hold three other workshops this spring:
Trinity Cathedral Parish Hall, Easton, MD and
the Bridgeville Library, 600 S. Cannon St. Bridgeville, DE
To register for these workshops, contact Kathy Winfield at

The creation of the workshops is an effort on ESWA’s part to increase its educational mission, adding to the impact of its popular Bay-to-Ocean Writing Conference and its many Delmarva-wide critique groups. For additional information about ESWA programs and membership, visit Eastern Shore Writers Association.