Online: Nature Writing
Wednesday 1 July to Tuesday 7 July, online
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
This course has already taken place. We are running this course again in December 2020 because it was so popular. If you would like to enrol, go here>>
This online 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.
Throughout the course, author Inga Simpson uses a combination of instruction, inspiring examples of nature writing and 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
We’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers at any time throughout the course. Please note, there are no live meetings.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program.
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About the tutor
Inga Simpson is the author Understory: a life with trees (Hachette 2017), which was shortlisted for the Adelaide Writers Week Award for Nonfiction – and, for children, The Book of Australian Trees, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson (Lothian 2021). Inga’s fiction is also very much based in nature. Where the Trees Were (Hachette 2016) was shortlisted […]