This intermediate course will introduce you to the roots of nature 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.

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.

During this course, you will 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.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics. Each topic is begun with an interactive Zoom workshop after which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities using the skills and techniques covered. Time commitment is approximately 4 -5 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion. Understand how our online courses are dlivered

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.

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.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Keen readers and writers

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.

What is covered in this course?

    • 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 the 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 Friday 1st July to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings 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
    • If your question is still not answered, email [email protected]

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    • Discounted rates
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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 6pm (BST):

    • Tuesday 5th July at 6:00 - 6:45pm
    • Tuesday 12th July at 6:00 - 6:45pm
    • Tuesday 19th July at 6:00 - 6:45pm
    • Tuesday 26th July at 6:00 - 6:45pm

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 
Week 1 Live Webinar: 05/07/2022 at 6:00 pm
Self-study material available: 05/07/2022

Week 2: Philosophical Nature Writing  
Week 2 Live Webinar: 12/07/2022 at 6:00 pm
Self-study material available: 12/07/2022

Week 3: Political/Polemical Nature Writing 
Week 3 Live webinar: 19/07/2022 at 6:00 pm
Self-study material available: 19/07/2022

Week 4: Literary Nature Writing 
Week 4 Live webinar: 26/07/2022 at 6:00 pm
Self-study material available: 26/07/2022

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 16/08/2022

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.

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

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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