Nature Writing [online]

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Tue 09Jun
Tue 23Jun

Share your love of the natural world

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Nature writing is not only one of the most popular literary genres, it is also a great way to connect with the natural world, and to share your love of that world with others. Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss for a course inspired by nature, and learn how to capture your experiences, feelings and thoughts using the written word.

* Please note that this is an online course, delivered via Zoom.

Event time: Tue 9th Jun 2020 at 4:00pm - Tue 23rd Jun 2020 at 5:30pm

At a glance

  • Focus on writing from experience, ‘in the field’
  • Tips and tricks of the trade to improve your writing techniques

Tuesday 9 June; Tuesday 16 June; Tuesday 23 June – All sessions 4.00pm – 5.30pm BST

The course is the same at all price levels, please choose the one you can afford. Thank you!

What participants will gain

  • A genuine understanding of why we write about the natural world, and how to kickstart and improve your own writing
  • The confidence to write and read your work to others in a safe space, with constructive criticism to help you improve your writing
  • Appreciation of the rich heritage of nature writing
  • Confidence to consider publication

This three-part online workshop is aimed at anyone who either writes – or has always wanted to write – about the natural world.

The process of writing

In the first session by focusing on the process of writing. Starting with techniques to help you experience and appreciate the world around you in a new and heightened way, you’ll be encouraged to use all your senses. Tapping into the way you feel helps to create a connection with nature. The next stage will be to translate that heightened sensory experience into prose. The next step is to write a fully-formed short piece of writing, setting the results of the process down on paper.

Sharing your work

In the second session, some of you will be asked to read out what you have written. The rest of the group will then ‘workshop’ these pieces. This includes commenting on what they like about the writing and why, with reference to specific aspects. We’ll also learn about the broader context of nature writing new and old. Discover why writers have, since time immemorial, sought to capture the natural world using the written word.

Tricks of the trade and possible publication

In the final session, we’ll explore other techniques and ‘tricks of the trade.’  These will help you gain the confidence to write, and improve what you do. We’ll also look ahead to how to get your writing published and read by others. We’ll also cover the professional skills you will need to make writing part of your portfolio career.

Price Options

£30.00 Support Hawkwood Level 1
£45.00 Support Hawkwood Level 2
£60.00 Support Hawkwood Level 3


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Practical Information

The course will be held in real time with the tutors via the Zoom platform. Sign up to this platform is free.

All you need is a laptop or desktop computer, a reliable Internet connection, and a willingness to write and to share your writing with others!

We will provide more information and joining instructions in advance of the first session.

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 and the Wren. Stephen teaches an low-residency MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University.

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"The course has opened my eyes to what my potential as a writer could be."

- Sue Rickard, Somerset

"My writing confidence has increased dramatically and this has led to success in getting commissions from magazines and winning competitions."

- Amanda Tuke, London

"Stephen is incredibly supportive and full of good advice and guidance."

- Emma Russell, Dorset