Saturday 13 June 2020, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
This nature writing course is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.
You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.
The workshop with author Inga Simpson uses a combination of instruction, inspiring examples of nature writing, practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunity for group discussion. You’ll come away with a stronger understanding of nature writing – past and contemporary, Australian and international – and a practical toolkit for sharing your love of nature on the page.
When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
– John Muir
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will gain
- A stronger sense of nature writing, its directions, and its leading exponents
- A practical toolkit for evocative description
- Greater familiarity with the ethical issues of environmental writing, including: anthropomorphism, eco-centrism, and writing the whole history of a place
- Techniques for linking story and character to place, and writing persuasively
- Increased confidence and capacity to describe the natural world
Pen and paper.
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About the tutor
Inga Simpson is the author of Understory: a life with trees (Hachette, 2017), about her decade spent living inside a south east Queensland forest, which was shortlisted for the Adelaide Writers Week Award for Nonfiction. Her novel Where the Trees Were (Hachette, 2016) was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award, and longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin […]