Hints and tips on writing about - and in - nature. The days starts at 6.30am to make the most of light mornings and birdsong.
Nature writing is not only one of the most popular literary genres, it is also a great way to connect with the natural world. J Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss for a day inspired by nature, and learn how to capture your experiences, feelings and thoughts in writing.
This workshop is for anyone who has ever wanted to write about the world around them or simply wants to experience nature in a new way. You'll focus on learning to see, hear, smell and above all feel a connection with the wild: how to notice what is all around you, take notes to help you capture that special moment, find ways of describing the sights and sounds of nature, and then set your thoughts down on paper to be read by others.
We'll start before breakfast, listening to birdsong in the grounds of Hawkwood College; later we'll look for wildflowers and butterflies - depending, of course, on the English weather! After writing short pieces inspired by our morning's wildlife-watching, we'll then workshop these, analysing the different ways in which each person has chosen to write about similar experiences.
£90 including an early start, breakfast, lunch and refreshments
Please bring outdoor clothing and footwear, including a sun hat, sunscreen and wet weather gear (depending on the forecast!). Please bring writing materials.
Arrival and registration 6.00pm – 6.30am. Course at 6.30am. Course ends at 5.00pm
Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. Now living on the Somerset Levels, he was born in London, and read English at Cambridge before joining the BBC, where he made programmes such as Springwatch and The Nature of Britain. His books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Wild Kingdom and The Robin: A Biography. He writes a regular monthly ‘Birdwatch’ column for the Guardian and teaches an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. A lifelong naturalist, Stephen has travelled to all seven of the world’s continents in search of wildlife.