This introductory nature writing course is a great place to start for creative writers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Be inspired by nature and use the written word, to start to bring nature’s power to life on your page. Find metaphors for your own experiences that you may have never considered before.

During this course, you will be introduced to nature writing and learn some basic practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer. You will create your own pieces including poetry and fiction and share them amongst your peers, whilst immersing yourself in the natural surroundings.

Your course takes place at our Somerset field centre Nettlecombe Court, in a secluded valley at the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. The house is a striking example of a Tudor and Georgian country mansion set within its own grounds, made up of heritage parkland, ancient woodland containing many veteran oak trees as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its lichen communities.

PLEASE NOTE the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation provided with this course. If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Nettlecombe Court, please email [email protected]

Be inspired and engaged by the expertise of our specialist tutor and enjoy being surrounded by likeminded individuals who share your interests. If you’re interested in surrounding yourself with fellow nature and creative writing enthusiasts, then this is the course for you!

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Creative writers, Keen readers.

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 explore and learn.

What will be covered during this course?

    • Introduction to the Craft of Nature Writing
    • Nature and Wildlife Writing
    • People, Place and Landscape
    • Nature Poetry

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 their own work through various tasks, including creating a haiku.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

This is a place-based training course from the Field Studies Council, including a balance of classroom-led learning to impart important knowledge and irreplaceable hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to give individuals skills and confidence. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about nature writing with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of environmental art. 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 fantastic tutor will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to express nature through the written word.

    • See the ‘Example Timetable’, ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Before You Attend’ sections below for more information about this course.
    • Upon booking you will need to provide individual details of all attendees
    • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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.

    • Discounted rates
    • Privately run courses for your group
    • Bespoke courses developed specifically for your needs

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If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 14 days prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.

Tutor: Woody River

Woody River is the Director of Secret Landscapes, which offers guided walks on the themes of botany, foraging and literary heritage. With a BA (Hons) and MA in Literature and Creative Writing, Woody is also a qualified teacher who designs and teaches literature and botany courses for adults, as well as providing private tuition for international secondary school students. She has a particular interest in wildflowers and ferns, and loves observing different species of primate in their natural habitats. 

  • Eight-Arch Bridge, Bosherston
  • Landscape photo at Flatford Mill taken by Steve Hedges

Book with Confidence

We understand the difficulties of making plans in the current situation when guidelines continue to change, and insurance conditions are being tightened. In response, we will continue to offer additional flexibility. Find out more here

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect

    • Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
    • The course will end at 5:00pm

Day 1

10:00amWelcome, H&S, introductions, aims of the course
10:15amClassroom session covering:

  • Introduction to Nature and Wildlife Writing
11:45amGuided walk to practice some of the techniques
1:00pmLunch - not provided
2:00pmClassroom session covering:

  • People, Place and Landscape
  • Nature Poetry
3:15pmBreak and prepare for field session – refreshments not provided 
3:30pmGuided walk to practice some of the techniques
4:30pmClassroom plenary
5:00pmFinish

Please note accommodation, refreshments and an evening meal are not included

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the subject
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Reviews

  • ★★★★

    It was a different sort of day to my usual but I had a great time and feel inspired to write more.

  • ★★★★★

    Opportunity to engage with like-minded people

  • ★★★★

    Very helpful- we did a few exercises in pairs and it was immensely useful to see other people's processes. Getting structured activities to focus on, especially the activity where we wrote about a painting.  

  • ★★★★

    Woody was always on hand to advise us and was very keen for us to discuss our work.

Before You Attend

What to bring:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
  • Please bring your own refreshments & pack lunch

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

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