Advanced Nature Writing

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Advanced Nature Writing Stephen Moss
Tue 04May
Tue 18May
Virtual Event

Advanced Nature Writing with Stephen Moss

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Event time: Tue 4th May 2021 at 4:00pm - Tue 18th May 2021 at 5:30pm

Naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss has now run several successful and popular online and in-person taster courses on Nature Writing for Hawkwood. Join Stephen now for a course on Advanced Nature Writing, which will take you to the next stage, with advanced techniques, advice on getting an agent and a publisher, and on writing proposals for articles and books. Like the previous courses, this will also help you connect with the natural world, and be inspired by nature.


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At a glance

  • Advanced writing techniques
  • Focus on taking your writing to the next stage
  • Professional Skills: how to get your work published

What participants will gain

  • An insight into the different ways you can improve your writing skills
  • An understanding of the market for articles, online content and books
  • Practical guidance on how to get your work published

This three-part Advanced Online Writing online workshop is aimed at people who already write about the natural world, and now want to take their work to the next stage: in terms of improving its style and content, finding your ‘voice’, getting your work out to a wider readership, and understanding the market for this kind of writing.


In the first session we’ll look at a number of techniques to improve your writing: including how to structure a narrative, when and how to use different tenses, how to vary your approach to create a more rounded and engaging content, and other ways to hone your skills. In between sessions 1 & 2 we’ll ask you to write a short piece in a specific style, some of which will be workshopped in the next session.

After workshopping some of your pieces, the second session will focus on the market: what kind of writing publishers, editors and commissioners are looking for, and various trends in the genre. You’ll learn about the different kinds of writing required for newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, podcasts and radio.

In the third and final session, we’ll look more closely at successful nature writers, and how and why their work is published. We’ll also examine how you might use your knowledge and experience to pitch ideas.

Time & Dates

Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th May 2021 at 16:00 – 17:30 BST

Practical Information

The course will be held in real time with the tutor via the Zoom platform. Sign up to this platform is free. You will need a laptop, computer, tablet or a smartphone – with an in-built camera and microphone – and a reliable internet connection. We will provide more information and joining instructions in advance of the first session.

Recordings will be available for 30 days after course close as a way to support all participants in receiving the information.

The course is the same for both prices; please choose the level you can afford. Know that each booking you make is financially supporting our charity and facilitators and tutors, most of which have had to cancel all of their upcoming work. Thank you!

Sales end on 4th May at 2pm.

Stephen Moss Hawkwood

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, broadcaster and nature writer, based in Somerset, who has travelled to all the world’s seven continents in search of wildlife. He was the founding Series Producer of the BBC series Springwatch, and has written a wide range of books on British birds and other wildlife, including The Accidental Countryside, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, and biographies of the Robin, the Wren and the Swallow. Stephen teaches a low-residency MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University.

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