Be inspired by nature and bring nature’s power to life on your page.

During this course you will be introduced to nature writing and learn some basic practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer, as you take inspiration from nature and hone your craft. You will create your own pieces including poetry and share them with other learners. This course, brimming with practical tasks is equally suitable for budding naturalists and people who enjoy writing.

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.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

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 the following topics:

    • 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 training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, 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.

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 30th April 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 7th May 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 14th May 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 21st May 2021 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: 23/04/2021
Online activities due: 29/04/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 1 Live Webinar: 30/04/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Nature and Wildlife Writing

Self-study material available: 30/04/2021
Online activities due: 06/05/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 2 Live Webinar: 07/05/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 3: People, Place and Landscape

Self-study material available: 07/05/2021
Online activities due: 13/05/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 3 Live webinar: 14/05/201 at 6:00 pm

Week 4: Nature Poetry

Self-study material available: 14/05/2021
Online activities due: 20/05/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 4 Live webinar: 21/05/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 28/05/2021.

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 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.

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. 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.

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 bookings will close 48 hours ahead of the start date to allow for registration of all participants to the online platform.