Courses, Critiques, and Mentorships

Now available!

New Nature Writers presents writing courses featuring your personal Writing Rangers Laurie Scheer and Kristine Zeigler as your mentors.

Share your love of nature by writing about nature. Work directly with your writing instructor and establish your nature writing voice.  All levels of writer are welcome – beginning, emerging and established.


New: Coming July 10th – one-day nature writer’s Summer Camp. Learn more.


New Nature Writers Online Writing Courses

  • Explore your personal nature writing voice while taking online courses from home.
  • Maybe you have found yourself wanting to express yourself about the current climate changes our planet has been experiencing.
  • Do you or anyone in your group of family or friends have travel journals and memories that you’d like to preserve in a memoir?


How it works

You work at your own pace during the three month time period for each course.

Each course offers four lessons. You submit your assignment and receive feedback from Laurie. At that point you can rewrite your essay again and/or move on to the next lesson and assignment.

Laurie has overseen hundreds of writers achieve their writing goals. You’ll explore your writing voice, establish your slant and purpose for your writing and move toward completing your writing projects whether that be a portfolio of articles or a full book presentation.


Course Titles

Backpacking Necessities: Nature Writing 101
Learn what do you need to know to become a Nature Writer in today’s writing environment!

Trail Notes: How To Transform Your On-the-Trail Scribbling Into Essays and Articles
Don’t throw away those travel notebooks, revisit them to explore your Nature experience again and to utilize those writings within a larger body of work

Writing Laboratory: How To Be An Influencer Through your Writing about Nature
Focus on select essays of influential writers of nature to understand fully how their writing helped to save their environments.

Nature Writing – Then and Now
A look at the quintessential works from the mid- 19th to mid- 20th century in this genre. Explore resources from the past and in the current arena to formulate your point of view in the Nature Writing genre.

Fees: $125 to $175 per course

Contact for more information. Your questions, concerns, and comments are welcome.

Register now


Here’s to writing to save the planet!

New Nature Writers Writing Services and Opportunities

Nature Writing is one of the fastest growing genres. Publishers Weekly’s report dated January 7, 2021 listed Nature Writing as one of the most popular genres within the Post-Pandemic Outlook. (See link below). 

Whether you intend to publish traditionally or self-publish, submit to contests and literary magazines or for writing retreats, we are here for you to assist in assuring your writing is ready.  If you’re not sure about any of these resources, let’s discuss. Payment plans are available. 

Complimentary 1/2 hour phone conversation available, please contact Laurie at to arrange.

Writing Consultant/Editor and Mentor – 

Grammar and Line editing

Developmental Editing

Grammar, Line and Developmental Editing

Constructing Your Non-fiction Book Proposal

Constructing Your Fiction Book Proposal

Composing Your Queries, Synopses, and Marketing Docs

$7.00 per page – submit any number of pages – no limit


TV Pilots & Bible Construction

$6.00 per page – submit any number of pages – no limit

All services include page-by-page critiquing, an overall summary of the material with notes for a rewrite, phone/internet-based call, and a second re-read of material.

1-2 week turnaround, 1 week rush critiques/edits available ($8.00 per page)

Please submit your work in 12 point, New Times Roman font, 1 inch margins 

Personal Writing Coach –

If you have participated in or heard about the successful Pathway to Publication program through UW-Madison, you know the benefits of having a writing coach. Laurie discusses your writing goals and establishes scheduled coach/writer meetings on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis via email, Skype/Facetime or Zoom calls. Your material will be read and feedback provided, all the while assuring you are reaching your writing goals and deadlines.

Fee: $50 to $200 per month depending on each writer’s volume of work. Sign up for 3 months, 6 months or a year. Ask yourself, “If not now, when will you write?”

If you are not sure of the type of coaching and/or critiquing you may need, please send Laurie an email at 

Publishers Weekly Report:

Summer Camp – July 10, 2021

To Write, to Understand, to Heal | Starting or Re-Booting Your Creative Writing Practice in a Pandemic Recovery

>>  Register Now  <<

DATE: Saturday July 10, 2021
TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mountain/12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central/1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
COST: $40
ZOOM LINK: Emailed upon receipt of event registration

Are you seeking to carve out more time to write and figure out what your life looks like moving forward? Given the pandemic, has your writing practice gone stale? Or are you interested in beginning a writing practice? Maybe you have always wanted to try your hand at creative writing but feel intimidated and overwhelmed as your community emerges from covid-19.  If  you are eager to flex your writing muscles and do some fun, joyful exercises to awaken your creativity and begin to process the events of the past 18 months, we are here for you!

All are welcome to establish a new practice or to continue building a writing practice in a supportive environment. This session helps beginners as well as more experienced writers. Session will include inspiration, tools to build your writing practice, useful in-class exercises and a calm, peaceful place to learn and scribe. Past participants have remarked how relaxing and practical the session was for reawakening their writing habit or strengthening an existing one. Research shows writing helps process trauma and events in powerful and healing ways. Come spend two hours with New Nature Writers and come away feeling refreshed, renewed, and energized.



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