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Using the written word, bring nature’s power to life on your page. Take inspiration from nature, art, and philosophy.

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.

During this beginner course, you will build on your skills within nature writing and learn some practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer, as you take inspiration from nature, art, and philosophy to hone your craft. You will create your own pieces including different forms of fiction and share them with other learners. This course, brimming with activities, 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.

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.

What will be covered during this course?:

    • Nature and Art
    • Introduction to Philosophy and Nature
    • Nature Folklore and Mythology
    • Nature Fiction Writing

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Use visual storytelling through cultural art and learn techniques to allow to create prose from famous artwork.
    • Identify cultural engagement with nature through studying specific poetic works and create your own writing to draw personal understandings from nature.
    • Explain folklore in relation to landscape and place and explore how to use nature as an inspiration for creative storytelling.
    • Bring the natural world to life through fictitious writing, and consider writing style, language and structure when creating your own imaginative landscapes and characters.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about nature writing with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of environmental art. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 4th May 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

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.

  • See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.
  • If you have any questions about our online courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions first
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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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.

  • Discounted rates
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  • Bespoke courses developed specifically for your needs

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Tutor: Emma McKenzie

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.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

    • Friday 13th May 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 20th May 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 27th May 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 3rd June 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 

Example Timetable

Timetable

Week 1: Nature and Art
Self-study material: 06/05/2022
Week 1 Live Webinar: 13/05/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Introduction to Philosophy and Nature
Self-study material available: 13/05/2022
Week 2 Live Webinar: 20/05/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 3: Nature Folklore and Mythology
Self-study material available: 20/05/2022
Week 3 Live webinar: 27/05/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 4: Nature Fiction Writing
Self-study material available: 27/05/2022
Week 4 Live webinar: 03/06/2022 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 17/06/2022.

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

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

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 FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop
    • 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.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll get an email 48 hours ahead of the online course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Please note that bookings will close on Wednesday 4th May at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

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