Welcome to my little corner patio of the internet. Have a seat in the shade and a glass of water. I love being outside and writing about nature nearby.

Also, I write essays and memoir, create paper and books, and connect it all together in my Writing Nature Nearby workshop.

Thanks for visiting and stop by again soon.


June 29, 2023: Just returned from an amazing week at the MN Northwoods Writers Conference (Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference). Feeling more grounded in my writing. Nature Nearby is on a brief hiatus, but soon, soon, it will return.

In book arts/calligraphy news, Tara K. Shepersky‘s book of poetry that I made bookplates for has launched! Serpentine by Stefan Lorenzutti — Kickstarter

It is gorgeous in all ways: words, illustrations, and soul.

a few of the bookplates:

February 28, 2023: Just a quick update to say that I’m still writing (see Nature Nearby) and still using this website. I hope to do more updates on it this year. Take care and find nature nearby 🙂

November 3, 2021: I’m a columnist! Amber D. Stoner, Author at Eden Prairie Local News (eplocalnews.org)  Each month, I’ll have a new Nature Nearby column at Eden Prairie Local News. If you don’t follow EP Local News, but still want to get my column, you can subscribe via this page on my website: Nature Nearby | Amber D. Stoner | Nature Nearby (amberdstoner.com) Along the right side it says FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL. Enter your email and hit subscribe. Then when I post, you’ll get an email. Easy peasy. Thank you for any reading, subscribing, sharing you do.

If you live in EP, I highly recommend subscribing to the news via their website. It’s wonderful to have a local news source again!

I’m planning more updates to my website. Fresh photos, new book arts work, hopefully some Writing Nature Nearby classes will be scheduled in 2022…

Be well, be joyful, find nature nearby,


May 1, 2021: Yes, I’m here! And I’m so excited about this new project: bookplates for Tell The Turning, a book of poems by Tara K. Shepersky with illustrations by Lucy Bellwood and published by Bored Wolves. The Kickstarter debuted today: Tell the Turning by Stefan Lorenzutti — Kickstarter and only at the Ex Libris level can you get the custom illuminated bookplate along with Tell The Turning and a host of other writerly, readerly, artistic goodies.

Here’s a sample bookplate:

Classes and News 2019: 

August 14-16, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, at Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis, bookmaking, nature journaling

tree frog 2014

Previous News

May 4, 2018, Inspired by Nature: Papermaking, Bookmaking and Writing, a one-hour artist talk at Lyngblomsten in St. Paul.

February 2018 News: 

We had a wonderful class at Nine Mile Creek Watershed District’s Discovery Point at the end of January. A cozy fireplace room, fresh snow, hot cider, writing and sharing stories. I hope to return there this summer for an outdoor class.

December 2017 News:

January 6, 2018, 1-4 pm: Writing Nature Nearby at Nine Mile Creek Watershed District’s Discovery Point. Register for free here: https://www.ninemilecreek.org/whats-happening/upcoming-events/writing-nature/  RESCHEDULED to Jan 28, 2018.

September 2017 News:

MN Lit Crawl, 2nd Annual. Reading with Write On, Mamas at Magers & Quinn in Uptown on September 16, 2017 at 7 pm.

Another chance to catch me at Wet Paint art store in St. Paul: Create a nature journal and write about place, memory and what it means to interact with nature nearby at Wet Paint art store on Thurs, Sept 21 from 10 am-1 pm! No writing experience necessary.

New Nature Journal class for 9-15 year olds with an adult: At Wet Paint on Sunday, Nov 5 from 1:30-4 pm. Make your own nature journal and then write your stories! This class is a great way to write and share the different memories that bubble up for family members.