Beginner's Guide to Nature Writing

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Thu 13Aug

Connect with 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. 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.

Event time: Thu 13th Aug 2020 at 9:30am - Thu 13th Aug 2020 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • Focus on experiential writing – immersing ourselves in nature before we write
  • Tried-and-trusted techniques for workshopping our writing – constructive criticism and praise

Participants will gain

  • An understanding of why we write about nature, and how to approach your own writing on the subject through experience and understanding of the natural world.
  • A practical approach to making notes about your experiences, which can then be turned into more formal written pieces.
  • A broader understanding of the context of nature writing in the wider genre of creative non-fiction, and how you might go about getting your work published.

This workshop is for anyone who has ever wanted to write about the world around them. You’ll focus on learning to see, hear, smell and above all feel a connection with the wild. Sharpen 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 the day at 9:30, by simply listening to birdsong on the grounds of Hawkwood. Depending on the weather – we’ll take a stroll and look for wildflowers and butterflies. The focus will be on capturing your experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions about the natural world.

After an afternoon of 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.

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Practical Information

It may be summer but prepare for all weathers: with a range of clothing (including sun, wind and waterproof), suntan lotion, stout walking shoes or boots, binoculars if you have them, and a notebook or digital voice recorder to make notes in the field.

Please bring your own picnic lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. He was the first producer of BBC Springwatch, while his many books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Wild Kingdom and The Robin. He teaches an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University.

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