What is the course about?
This exciting partnership course with The British Library teaches the required skills for exploring the genre of nature writing. During this day workshop students will be given the opportunity to gather inspiration from the British Library's collection and embark on a brief nature walk in the local area.
The Tutor: Julie Garton studied at the University of Essex, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Dartington College. She has written several plays for young audiences for, amongst others, the Unicorn Theatre for Children. She currently writes articles about landscape, heritage and nature. Julie won the 2014 British Czech and Slovak creative writing prize for her personal essay about the Czech Poet and dissident Ivan Blatny.
What will we cover?
- What are the some of the key features of the genre known as ‘New Nature Writing’?
- Which language techniques are most effective for Nature Writing?
- Which structural techniques are most effective for Nature Writing?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the most effective techniques for use in Nature Writing.
- Understand which elements of a nature walk to focus on as a nature writer.
- Write short pieces or excepts of Nature Writing based upon your own experience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students will need to read and write fluently in English. This is an introductory course and is open to students of all levels of experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
As this course is held off-site, students will receive further logistical instructions from the writing department a week before the course is due to start.
In class there will be a mix of excerpt analysis, writing and sharing work, group work, class discussion, and formal instruction from the tutor. You will also take part in a nature walk.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring writing materials such as pens and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a range of courses in creative non-fiction, autobiographical writing and journalism. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details