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Nature Writing Three-Part Workshop

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Event time: Tue 2nd Feb 2021 at 4:00pm - Tue 16th Feb 2021 at 5:30pm

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.

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At a glance

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

Participants will gain

  • A genuine understanding of why we write about the natural world
  • Confidence to write and read your work to others in the safe space of a workshop setting
  • Constructive criticism to help you improve your writing
  • A wider understanding and appreciation of the rich heritage of nature writing
  • How you might join the ranks of published authors

If you have written or have always wanted to write about the natural world, this course Nature Writing course is for you.

Summary

We’ll start 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. Using all your senses – and the way you feel – to create a connection with nature. The next stage will be to translate that heightened sensory experience into prose. By taking notes in real time about what you are experiencing and feeling. Only at this point, you will write a fully-formed short piece of writing, and set the results of the process down on paper.

In the second session, some of you will be asked to read out what you have written, and the rest of the group will then ‘workshop’ these: commenting specifically on what they like about the writing and why, with reference to specific aspects. At which point, we’ll learn about the broader context of nature writing new and old: to discover why writers have, since time immemorial, sought to capture the natural world using the written word.

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

Time & Dates

Tuesdays 2, 9 and 16 February – 16:00 – 17:30 GMT

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Practical Information

Come with a willingness to write and to share your writing with others!

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 2 Feb at 12noon.

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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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