In Love with Landscape, Art, Food, Gardens — and Writing

Writing With A Sense of Place

“Both consciously and subconsciously, my writing has been deeply informed by the land with a sense of place. In some important way, place determines who and what we are. This land-person equation is essential to writing, to all of literature.”
~ N. Scott Momaday

“Whether or not you succeed is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Welcome to the writing journal of author, teacher and speaker, Paula Panich. May you always share your love for and deep connection to place. Your voice can only help our world — and ourselves — to survive.

A Tribute to Mountains

Mountain Stories is a series about the San Jacintos, above Palm Springs; you might have heard about them in 2013, when the Mountain Fire burned 27, 500 acres, and would likely have consumed our little town, Idyllwild, population 3,000, had not a good rain intervened.  Read the series.

Upcoming Workshops

Shedding Light on Your Photography: A Writing/Communication Workshop for Photographers
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Sunday, September 14, 10am to 1 pm

Photographers: You are called upon to make more than images! No matter the focus of your work, be it landscape, plants, gardens, architecture, food, or even portraits, streetscapes, industrial environments, or situations of social/political import, you are called upon to explain your work for grants, exhibitions, websites, blogs, catalogues, captions, articles, press releases, and essays.


A Writing Workshop
Four Sundays: September 28, October 26, November 23, December 7
10am to 12pm
Available as a series or individual sessions
Oak Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum

Seeing is the Seed: So What Does That Mean?

Here’s where we will raise questions about writing that won’t have easy answers or perhaps any answers at all. Art is the expression of how life comes at you, or to you, or from you. “Art is a way of defending yourself,” said a Swedish film director, “not to let life go by without comment.”

No one sees the world the way you do. So we will talk about staying true to yourself and being aware as possible to your environment and place in the world.