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Guardian Masterclass

How to be a Nature Writer

with Amy Liptrot

Mon 18 May
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Guardian Masterclass

How to be a Nature Writer

with Amy Liptrot

Due to COVID-19, it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our artistic programme will be suspended until the advice changes. Read our full statement.


Learn to write powerful stories about the natural world, and increase your enjoyment of the outdoors

Nature has always had the power to enchant and inspire writers, and with the climate crisis us pushing us all to become more ecologically-aware, finding new ways to deepen – and write meaningfully about – our relationship with the environment has never been more important.

Join acclaimed, Wainwright Prize-winning author and journalist Amy Liptrot to learn how to translate your own passion for the natural world into insightful, evocative writing. Amy is a British journalist and author. She won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 and the Wainwright Prize 2016 for her memoir The Outrun. Read her Guardian articles here.

This stimulating evening course won’t just make your writing better, it’ll help you to observe and appreciate nature in new ways. You’ll explore the benefits of immersing yourself in the outdoor spaces that surround us, and learn how the best modern nature writers distill elements of creative nonfiction and memoir into personal, fascinating stories about the environment and our place within it.

You’ll leave the course with a toolkit of practical exercises to help sharpen your eye and hone your personal style, as well as writing techniques to capture your experiences of the natural world, which will energise your writing long after the course finishes.

This event is part of the Nature Unwrapped series, in partnership with King’s Place.


This course is for you if…

·         You’re an aspiring nature author or journalist

·         You’re a professional writer in another discipline who wants to move into nature or environmental writing

·         You work for an environmental NGO and want to better communicate nature and environmental issues

·         You’re an amateur naturalist who wants to improve your writing, or simply get more pleasure out of being outdoors

Course content

·         Understanding the world of nature writing and its historical and environmental contexts

·         Unpack how the best of contemporary nature writing uses memoir, metaphor and narrative in new ways

·         How to sharpen your field observations to become a better interpreter of nature

·         Practical writing techniques for translating the natural world in words

·         Pitching and publishing: practical tips for professionals, and aspiring professionals, on the publishing landscape for nature writing

·         Q&A and discussion with Amy Liptrot

Date & start time:Mon 18 May – 6.30pm
Venue:St Pancras Room

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