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It’s Natural: Grow Your Writing Skills at May Arboretum

Explore the Arboretum and advance your writing

Join us at the Ranch House for this unique Artown event!

July 5, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 7, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 12, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 14, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 19, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 21, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 26, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
July 28, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

It’s Natural: Grow Your Writing Skills at May Arboretum

An eight-session writing workshop designed for adults 55+

What better way to focus on the essentials of engaging story telling – significant details, changes, and growth –- than in a garden? And the Wilbur May Arboretum is a Reno treasure. Join Nevada Arts Council Roster’s Literary Artist, Suzanne Morgan Williams, at the Ranch House in Rancho San Rafael Park for this eight-session, cumulative class. You’ll explore the Arboretum and access your experience and memories to create your unique stories whether fiction or non-fiction. You’ll participate interactive lessons, utilize the gardens for related activities, and have time to write. The last session will celebrate your accomplishments.

Classes are FREE and will be July 5, 7, 12, 14 ,19, 21, 26, and 28 from 10:30 to noon. It is recommended you attend all classes but not essential. Registration is required.

The class is designed for adults, 55 and older, at all levels – beginners to well-seasoned writers. The activities will build your skills, encourage community, and just be fun. It’s sponsored by May Arboretum Society and presented with the support of a Creative Aging Grant from Nevada Arts Council. Registration, limited to 20 participants, is open until class is full or July 14, whichever is first. For questions and/or to register, e-mail [email protected]

About Suzanne Morgan Williams

Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the novel Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry) as well as eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on state award lists in Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Wyoming and Indiana, received a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, and was on the Bank Street College Best Books. Her nonfiction titles include Pinatas and Smiling Skeletons, The Inuit, Made in China, and China’s Daughters.

Suzanne’s work takes her into classrooms and communities across the US and Canada, from Mexico to the Arctic. She’s a frequent speaker at writer, teacher, and librarian conferences, gives writers’ workshops, and school presentations. Whether fiction or nonfiction, her writing is inspired by solid research and personal interactions. She is Regional Adviser Emerita for Nevada Chapter of Society of Children’s Book Writers (SCBWI) and Illustrators and SCBWI Member of the Year 2012, and has mentors more than twenty aspiring novelists through the Nevada SCBWI Mentorship Program. Visit

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The Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N Sierra St

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The Heart of Your Arboretum

The May Arboretum Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the life, growth, and long term sustainability of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum, your arboretum, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in beautiful downtown Reno. Events, education, lectures and workshops enrich our members, our city, and our society as a whole.

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