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Writing Inspired by Nature

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Nature is a wonderful inspiration for writers. In this class you will spend some time in nature and write a creative response to the experience. The course will take place at the Water of Leith Conservation Trust Visitor Centre (accessible by public transport) and will include a field trip along the river. Students will develop their wildlife observation skills and their writing skills.

Course Details

Content of Course

10.00 – 12.30 Nature Writing

  1. Introduction Why do participants want to write about nature? What can we achieve through writing about nature, for ourselves and others?
  2. Overview of different types of nature writing.
  3. How to observe nature and record those observations.
  4. Field trip along the Water of Leith including time to start writing.

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch please bring your own food

1.30 – 4.00 Time to Write and share what we've written

  1. Time for participants to write with advice and guidance from the tutor.
  2. Sharing and discussing participants’ work, with constructive criticism.
  3. Conclusion: discussion about where participants want to take their writing.

Teaching method(s)

Presentations, discussions, field trip, timed writing exercise.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • observe nature in greater detail
  • write with greater confidence
  • use creative writing to explore their interest in nature
  • engage readers on nature and environmental issues


Core Readings


Lister-Kaye, John (2003) Song of the Rolling Earth, London, Time Warner

Web Sources

Nature Writing

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.

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