Writing the seasons: Nature writing for summer with Anita Sethi

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I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Nature matters to all of us. Learning to notice nature and capture it in writing greatly nourishes and enriches our lives.

This is the first in a series of two-hour sessions with award-winning nature-writer Anita Sethi. You will learn how to observe and describe the natural world, drawing inspiration from the changing seasons. Learn about the time-honoured tradition of nature writing and how to bring your own voice to this exciting literary field.

Summer is a season for celebrating nature; flowers are in full bloom, wildlife is abundant and daylight hours are long. It’s a season of retreat, restoration and recreation perfect for getting creative juices flowing.

In this workshop filled with tools and tips, you’ll have the space to explore and practice the craft of nature writing. Through a series of creative exercises and prompts, Anita will inspire you to attune your eyes, ears and pen to the beauty of nature in summer, both in cities and the countryside.

This workshop can be booked as a one-off or as part of a pair with Writing the seasons: Autumn.

This course is for …

  • This is a welcoming workshop open to everyone - whether you’re a seasoned writer or a complete beginner

  • Anyone wanting to boost their confidence and wellbeing through creatively connecting to nature

Course content

  • How to harness the power and magic of the seasons

  • The outer landscape: learning observational tools to sharpen your experience and depiction of nature; both urban nature and wildlife, and the countryside

  • The senses – engaging the senses in our experience and writing of nature

  • The inner landscape – channelling our emotional connection with the natural world

  • Practical tools and tips for drafting and crafting your writing

  • What is nature writing? An inspiring contextual journey through nature writing throughout the ages

  • Why nature matters – deepen your understanding and appreciation for the importance of nature, how it cares for us and why we must care for it better

Tutor profile

Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK where her love of nature first blossomed, in wild urban spaces. She is the author of I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain which won a Books Are My Bag Readers Award and was nominated for the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing, Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award, the Great Outdoors Award and Portico Prize. She is also published in the anthologies Women on Nature, The Wild Isles, Seasons, Common People, Seaside Special: Postcards from the Edge, We Mark Your Memory, Solstice Shorts among others. She has written for the Guardian and Observer, the i paper, Independent, Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife, Vogue, Countryfile, Harpers Bazaar, New Statesman, Granta, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service, and ABC Australia. Anita is also part of the prestigious judging panel for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.

Details

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm BST
Price: £65 (plus £3.56 booking fee); £74.52 (plus £4 booking fee) with a copy of I Belong Here (UK only); £99 (plus £5.11 booking fee) when purchased with Writing the seasons: Autumn

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