Writing the Wild

Learn from the experts how to feature the natural world in sparkling prose and poetry!

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What is nature writing?

Hello there! Welcome to Writing the Wild, a course designed to help you write creatively about the natural world.

Some people think nature writing is just describing a nice view or an animal. Perhaps they think it’s a bit limp; writing about fluffy fox cubs or how the writer’s life was transformed simply by seeing a flock of birds. And it’s all been done before a million times.

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. Perhaps Victorian writers had a romantic view of nature – indeed, the first ‘nature’ writers were labelled the Romantics. But these days we ask more of writers who use the natural environment for inspiration – particularly in this age of environmental awareness and the threats of climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions.

There is so much information available now that people are not content with reading about an animal or landscape unless there is a new perspective. After all, why bother to read when you can just watch a wildlife documentary on TV or see a photo on social media?

And just what is different about 'nature writing' from anything in a wildlife magazine or TV show?

Contemporary nature writing generally includes the presence of the writer. This doesn’t mean 'navel-gazing' or making the writer the subject of the writing. After all, it can get a bit tedious hearing more about the writer’s personal angst than the environment they’re supposed to be writing about.

But we do expect to have a personal perspective; we want emotion, heart; soaring inspirational thoughts.

Nature writing is not just facts about wildlife or descriptions of the environment – it has to be creative, to be written in poetic language, to touch the emotions of the reader and inspire and thrill them, much like a good novel.

In this course you’ll learn from professional writers, both classic and contemporary, from around the world. You’ll hear writers read their own work; you’ll read poetry and essays in a range of different styles.

You’ll see, hear and read examples of work inspired by different environments and wildlife.

And you’ll deconstruct their techniques and try them out yourself. You’ll also learn how to overcome writer’s block, and apply all the tools in the Writer’s Toolkit to all your creative writing, not just nature writing.

So. if you love the natural world, and want to express yourself more creatively, this course is for you!

This course is for you!

This course is an introduction to nature writing. You can enjoy it whether you are a complete novice or someone who already likes to write, but perhaps in a different genre (novels, for example).

As well as instruction in a wide range of tried and tested writing techniques, you will read examples by great writers and help to break down how they have achieved their style so you can do the same. Some of the greatest writers have written well about nature and the environment – even only as part of novels or poetry about other things.

You will learn from their example, but mostly by doing it yourself. Each module contains exercises to help you get out there and write. It doesn’t matter if you feel your writing is not “good enough”: no one will see it but you until you are ready to share it. You call the shots!

So you need not worry if you feel you can’t write “creatively”. This course is designed to help you overcome that fear. Besides, a lot of “creative writing” is pretentious and contrived. In this course you will learn how to use simple language to express your emotions with your natural voice.

You can learn in the comfort of your own home, or surroundings you choose, rather than a stuffy classroom where other students may criticize and intimidate you.

Best of all, you can learn by yourself, on your own terms, and don’t have to read your work-in-progress out to the class and risk having it ripped to pieces and ridiculed to make a point (believe me, I’ve been there, and it can destroy your writing confidence for years!).

And even if nature writing is not your primary writing genre, the techniques in this course will help you in whatever writing you do.

So go on, what have you got to lose? At the very least, you will be introduced to some amazing writers, learn some of their techniques, and have the opportunity to try them for yourself. You could end up on the same publishing list as your writing hero!

What you will get

The course is broken down in to 6 modules, each composed of videos, downloadable pdfs and exercises. Added all together, that's

37 hours of instruction!

(including your reading and writing time).

You won't find many creative writing courses with that value.

You also get 67 downloadable pdfs, ranging from examples illustrating a particular point, to cheat sheets summarizing what you need to remember.

Plus a Further Reading pdf to give you some ideas of authors to inspire your own writing.

In summary:

126 videos

67 downloadable pdfs

26 exercises (ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours)

6 mp3s

... and a whole lot of confidence in your own writing ability, too!

Can you afford to miss this?

Your Instructor

Dr Lynn Parr, Writer
Dr Lynn Parr, Writer

Hi there!

I'm Dr Lynn Parr. I'm a former ecologist, and I've been a writer and editor all my professional life, specializing in the environment. I am also an artist, and love painting the wild landscape.

I have a Master's Degree in writing about nature and place, and have taught creative writing and poetry to adults and children, right up to university level.

As well as helping people like yourself express themselves creatively through my courses, I also founded and edit The Curlew, a literary journal filled with beautiful writing and illustration all about the natural world, from writers and artists around the globe.

You can learn the techniques used by professional nature writers by taking this course.

Go on, believe in yourself: you can do it!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is closed for enrollment.