When professor and nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore decided she needed a studio to write and observe the delicate wetland ecosystem on the banks of the Marys River in Oregon, she enlisted the help of her daughter. An architect by trade, Erin Moore knew just what her mother needed. Using a prefabricated steel frame and materials like red cedar, glass and concrete-all carried in by hand-Erin would design and create a writer’s retreat that was both beautifully modern and totally off the grid.

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Kathleen doesn’t work on the computer when she’s inside her retreat, called the Watershed, instead she writes by hand.

“The goal was to figure out how to live on the land without spoiling it. I find myself writing more and more about silence out here. I find myself wanting to tell stories about how wild places can comfort us.”

Heavenly.

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