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During this creative nature writing course, you will read and analyse a variety of nature-inspired texts; allowing you to develop as a writer, as you begin to use a range of techniques within your own writing.

Become a better writer by becoming a better reader as you take inspiration from the analysis of literary pieces throughout history on this creative writing in nature course.

You will look at the roots of nature writing and begin to take inspiration from nature, Japanese literature, nature journals and other famous pieces of literature. You will then create your own pieces and share them with other learners whilst offering support and feedback for each other. This course is brimming with activities and is equally suitable for budding naturalists and people who enjoy writing and reading.

Our talented nature writing tutor, Woody River, will support you with techniques and knowledge to bring the subject of nature writing alive using video analysis, stimulating thoughts and first-hand experiences of producing your own work.

Participants will need to source the following texts before the start of the course:

    • Deakin, Roger, (2007), Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees, London: Penguin Books.

    • Griffiths, Jay, (2021), Why Rebel, London: Penguin Books.

This is a 4-week course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.

Knowledge Level

Intermediate. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge

This course includes some more advanced techniques of analysis and writing, though is suitable for anyone with a passion and interest in creative writing.

Creative writers are taken through a series of exciting workshops where they take inspiration from the analysis of a variety of sources and hone their craft, in the following topics:

  • The Roots of Nature Writing
  • Philosophical Nature Writing
  • Political/Polemical Nature Writing
  • Literary Nature Writing

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

  • Consider the purpose of nature writing and analyse the effect of concision and language
  • Explore a range of different ideas and philosophical beliefs regarding the role of nature and our connection with it
  • Evaluate the importance of, and relationship between, structure, imagery and mood
  • Investigate the precision with which a piece of literary writing is constructed
  • 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 Monday 17th January to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.

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.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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. 

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 10:00  am (GMT):

  • Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 10:00 – 10:45 am
  • Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 10:00 – 10:45 am
  • Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 10:00 – 10:45 am
  • Tuesday 15th February 2022 at 10:00 – 10:45 am

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

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Week 1: The Roots of Nature Writing 
Self-study material: 18/01/2022
Week 1 Live Webinar: 25/01/2022 at 10:00 am

Week 2: Philosophical Nature Writing  
Self-study material available: 25/01/2022
Week 2 Live Webinar: 01/02/2022 at 10:00 am

Week 3: Political/Polemical Nature Writing 
Self-study material available: 01/02/2022
Week 3 Live webinar: 08/02/2022 at 10:00 am

Week 4: Literary Nature Writing 
Self-study material available: 08/02/2022
Week 4 Live webinar: 15/02/2022 at 10:00 am

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 01/03/2022

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 3 - 4 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

What’s included?

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on 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.
  • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.
  • Tailored course certificate upon completion

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

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.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Thanks to funding from the Generation Green project we can offer a limited number of subsidised places on our huge range of Natural History and Art courses

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project.

Click here to find out more and how to use your voucher code GenGreen50

Before You Attend

Before you attend: 

Participants will need to source the following texts before the start of the course. You could purchase these or borrow them from your local library:

  • Deakin, Roger, (2007), Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees, London: Penguin Books.
  • Griffiths, Jay, (2021), Why Rebel, London: Penguin Books.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the 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 48 hours ahead of the course start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform. 

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