Nature Writing

A harrowing ascent up a mountain. A mystical journey downriver. Stories from an agrarian past. Tales gathered in a greenhouse or garden.  Anger about extinctions and environmental injustices. Hope for green futures.  Whatever you want to capture, this popular course teaches techniques of narrative nonfiction to capture the interplay between inner and outer landscapes.

Sessions are balanced between short lectures, lively discussions, and supportive writing workshops. Lectures give a historical context of nature writing and explore contemporary topics. Discussions are based on readings of essays and books. Workshops are opportunities to hear how your writing lands on others. You will have the opportunity to write four personal essays, a genre that invites an intimate and conversational tone with your reader. the interplay between inner and outer landscapes.  You also receive in-depth feedback on your writing from Kathryn. You will be introduced to techniques writers of narrative nonfiction use to make our stories come alive: scene creation, sense of place, narrative presence, characterisation, dialogue/monologue, and narrative arc. You will have opportunities to develop your own writing voice.

We read a wide selection of poetry, essays, and books on a selected theme for each course. In past courses, readings have included Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald, Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello, The Grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, The Outermost House by Henry Beston, and The Heeding by Rob Cowen, alongside essays by Robert Macfarlane, Henry David Thoreau and poetry by Camille Dungy and Mary Oliver. We always have brilliant guest speakers.

7-9 PM BST from every other Sunday. Limited to 14. £425.

  • Winter 2022: Jan 09, 23 // Feb 06, 20 // Mar 06, 20 // April 10, 24
  • Summer 2022: May 08, 22 // June 05, 19 // July 03, 17, 31 // Aug 14