What is the course about?
We live in the age of climate change. Some of us turn vegan. Some of us go on marches. Some of us consider the power of words. In this course, we will look at how writing can engage and inspire us to think about topics in new ways and take action. We will analyse how climate change and sustainable living are written about in the media. We will write short pieces, looking at what makes a story, and consider how we can develop our own ideas. This is not an academic course: all the articles we will be discussing will be aimed at a general readership. All views will be welcome. The focus will be storytelling - and the role it can play in our future.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Where ideas about the environment come from
- What counts as research
- How to conduct a great interview
- What makes an article ‘successful’
- Writing and editing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop an idea into a compelling environmental story
- Find and speak to interviewees with curiosity and confidence
- Structure your work for maximum impact
- Write and edit a piece of writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to everyone who is fluent in written and spoken English. It is for aspiring writers, PRs, people who work at charities - and anyone interested in the environment. No knowledge or journalism experience is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of indivdual, pair and group work, tutor instruction, text analysis, in-class writing activities and supportive workshop.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Just materials (pen/paper or computer) to do some writing on during the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Once you've built your confidence on this introductory course, why not try a longer course on writing for blogs, journalism -further information about our courses can be found at: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/history-culture-and-writing/writing.