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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.

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 completionUnderstand how our online courses are delivered.

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.

Recommended Devices

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.

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

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within 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.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Tuesday 27th September 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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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.

Live Webinar Information

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

  • Friday 7th October 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
  • Friday 14th October 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
  • Friday 21st October 2022 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
  • Friday 28th October 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


Week 1: Introduction to the Craft of Nature Writing
Self-study material: 30/09/2022
Week 1 Live Webinar: 07/10/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Nature and Wildlife Writing
Self-study material available: 07/10/2022
Week 2 Live Webinar: 14/10/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 3: People, Place and Landscape
Self-study material available: 14/10/2022
Week 3 Live webinar: 21/10/2022 at 6:00 pm

Week 4: Nature Poetry
Self-study material available: 21/10/2022
Week 4 Live webinar: 28/10/2022 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 11/10/2022.

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

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.

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.

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

Recommended Devices

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.

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