This introductory online nature writing course will immerse you in the world of nature writing. You will learn some basic practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer, as you take inspiration from nature and hone your craft.
Be inspired by nature and bring nature’s power to life on your page.
What will be covered during this course?
- Introduction to the Craft of Nature Writing
- Nature and Wildlife Writing
- People, Place and Landscape
- Nature Poetry
Aspiring nature writers are taken through a series of exciting workshops to hone their craft, sketching out the beauty of nature with the written word in this introductory online nature writing course. You will create your own pieces including poetry and share them with other learners. During the webinar sessions, you will have the opportunity to share your pieces, discuss your work with the expert tutor and surround yourself with like-minded people. This course is brimming with practical tasks and is equally suitable for budding naturalists and people who enjoy writing.
This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion. Understand how our online courses are delivered.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the craft of nature writing, study some examples, and learn and practice different styles of writing.
- Identify the variety of environments and seasons and practice writing from the perspective of a specific species.
- Explore landscape importance, access, and relationships through a variety of creative writing tasks.
- Understand the different styles of poetry and practice your own work through various tasks, including creating a haiku.
Who Should Attend? – Budding writers, Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.
Knowledge Level – Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors
Prior Knowledge – No existing knowledge or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to contribute and learn.
Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.
Please note that bookings will close 2 days before the start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time. Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached.
Live Webinar Information
There are 4 webinars for this course, taking place at the end of each week. Please see the date listing below for the day and time.
Please note – webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.
About the Tutor
Emma McKenzie is a writer and artist based in York, UK. Emma has a special interest in nature-based writing and has been running ecotherapy based courses over the last five years. She uses writing skills to connect people to the natural world for wellbeing purposes.
Week 1: Introduction to the Craft of Nature Writing
Self-study material available from the start date.
Week 1 Live Webinar at the end of week 1
Week 2: Nature and Wildlife Writing
Self-study material available after week 1 webinar
Week 2 Live Webinar: at the end of week 2
Week 3: People, Place and Landscape
Self-study material available after week 2 webinar
Week 3 Live webinar at the end of week 3
Week 4: Nature Poetry
Self-study material available after week 3 webinar
Week 4 Live webinar at the end of week 4
The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 2 weeks after webinar 4
Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the zoom session
The course has been carefully created to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the Field Studies Council.
The course includes:
- 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
- Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
- Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop
- Tailored course completion certificate
Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work.
It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.
Bursaries and Subsidies
This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.
Before You Attend
Accessing Your Course
- Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 24 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
- Moodle can be accessed through a browser or an app.
- Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend
Opportunities to attend this course
Wed 04, January 2023 - Wed 15, February 2023
The webinars will take place on Wednesdays at 7pm (BST)
Wed 31, May 2023 - Wed 12, July 2023
The webinars will take place on Wednesdays at 7pm
Progress Your Learning
This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.
The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.
Group Bookings Made Easy
If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses. Find out more!
You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.