Creative Writing Workshop at Stoneleigh
Virtual Event |
April 26, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a writing workshop with Villanova professor Catherine Staples. Explore Stoneleigh’s gardens for creative inspiration and—in the process of looking closely—be awakened to the rich network of the natural world and your own memories and imagination.
Catherine Staples is the author of two poetry collections: The Rattling Window and Never a Note Forfeit. Her work also appears on The Academy of American Poets at poets.org. Staples teaches in the Honors and English programs at Villanova University.
This event has a rain date: Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, which donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever.
The property includes stately trees, winding pathways, and lush gardens that were designed by a number of notable landscape architects over the past century—including the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the famed Frederick Law Olmsted.
- Meet at the Welcome Kiosk.
- Bring a camera to capture your favorite spaces.
- Service animals are welcome as required by law. Pets are not permitted.
- Picnicking at the Catalpa Court pavilion is available as first come, first serve.
- The terrain is relatively level. There is about a mile-and-a-half of porous paved pathways and a mile of asphalt roads that are accessible to people who use strollers, wheelchairs, or other mobility aids.
- Accessible bathrooms are available on-site and will be open.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick, please stay home.
- Masking is optional. The CDC recommends masking for those who are at high risk for getting very sick when COVID-19 Community Levels are at Medium and for everyone when COVID-19 Community Levels are at High. People may choose to mask at any time.
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