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Learn how to bring your own voice to this exciting literary field, with the award-winning nature writer Anita Sethi.

Nature matters to all of us. Learning to observe and pay attention to nature greatly nourishes our lives – and can bring your writing to life. Award-winning nature writer Anita Sethi leads a masterclass on nature writing, tailored to finding inspiration in nature even during the coldest months of the year.
Nature writing is a time honoured tradition steeped in literary history, but it has also never been more relevant. Explore the relationship between people and place, give your work context and landscape, or reflect on themes of natural history and the climate crisis. Nature writing can enrich writing in any genre, from narrative non-fiction and memoir to fiction, poetry and more.
In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to observe and describe the natural world, drawing inspiration from the changing seasons. 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 winter both in cities and the countryside.
This course is for …
  • Open to everyone - whether you’re a seasoned writer or are a complete beginner
  • Anyone wanting to boost their confidence and wellbeing through creatively connecting to nature
  • Writers from any genre - from narrative non-fiction and memoir to fiction, poetry and more
Course content
  • What is nature writing? A contextual journey through the field
  • Learn observational tools to sharpen your experience and depiction of nature; both urban nature and wildlife, and the countryside
  • How to harness the power and magic of the seasons
  • Practical tools and tips for drafting and crafting your writing
  • Structured writing exercises
  • Why nature matters – deepen your understanding and appreciation for the importance of nature
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.
Course Details
  • Date: Monday 20 January 2023
  • Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm GMT
A catch up recording will be shared after the class and will be available for two weeks.
This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.
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Writing the seasons: Nature writing for winter with Anita SethiLondon, United Kingdom