The Power of Words Magic, Meaning, and Metaphor 

Words can be among the most powerful forces in the world, a path to experience and understanding. They can also bring magic to our world and meaning to our lives. In this hands-on workshop, best-selling author Douglas Wood explores three vital components of writing: how to make a scene or situation come to life (magic); how to show its deeper implications (meaning); how to make a symbolic connection to the reader’s life and to common human experience – maybe even to inspire. Oh – and along the way, how to have some fun, too.


EarthSongs, EarthStories

A program of songs and stories, laughter and painless learning, Douglas Wood’s EarthSongs, EarthStories has been performed from coast to coast for tens of thousands of listeners of all ages. From a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be (complete with unexpected audience participation) to songs about frogs and fleas and the signs of rain, to the quiet pondering of our place in the universe, this program takes an audience on a gentle journey. Along the way Doug “transports his listeners back into the fabric of Nature” (1) and “reminds us of our unity with all of life.” (2) Doug’s most popular program for general school assemblies, (K-6) EarthSongs, EarthStories is also a perfect adjunct to any environmental education unit or event.

1 Des Moines Register; 2 Joseph Cornel, author of Sharing Nature with Children


A Writer’s Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration

The path begins with a young boy who was the poorest reader in his class and who hated school. It winds through the woods and waters of the North, through a growing love affair with nature, and finally with books as well. Doug recounts authors and experiences that had a profound effect on his life and career, and describes the long and difficult journey towards becoming a published author. As with any good journey there are highs and lows, doubts to overcome and dreams to realize. An excellent presentation for reading, writing, and literacy programs, teachers and students alike. Questions from an audience or class are always encouraged.

The program is designed to empower students and teachers to pursue their own dreams and goals, including writing, and to emphasize the power and importance of reading.