Creative nature writing
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW428
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Our relationship to nature as humans is a special one and many writers, from W.S. Merwin to Jamaica Kincaid, have experimented with how to capture that in their creative work. This online course will help you write honestly, critically, and sensitively about the natural world around you. In guided in-class exercises you'll explore the unique connection between nature and our senses. This course will feature a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30 and your tutor will encourage you to step outside your home briefly to see what natural inspiration you can find!
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?
- connecting with nature: approaches to meditation
- using the senses to create concrete imagery in poetry and prose
- connecting emotion to representations of the natural world in your writing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand some basic principles of creative nature writing
- give and receive constructive feedback on written work
- get started on your own creative nature writing project.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners and those with limited creative writing experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online. You will be encouraged to leave your home to seek inspiration in the urban 'wild' however this will not be required.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs associated with this course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol on any of our introductory creative writing courses, or why not try writing about nature from a different perspective in our Nature Writing course, which focuses on non-fiction? There's lots to choose from, so feel free to browse our prospectus and give us a call if you need any advice.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Jennifer Wong has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia and a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include a pamphlet Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019) and Goldfish (Chameleon Press). Her latest collection, Letters Home--which won the Wild Card Choice Spring 2020--was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared in magazines including World Literature Today, Finished Creatures, Stanza Festival, Wasafiri, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Stand, Prairie Schooner, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha and Voice & Verse etc. Her poetry reviews and translations have appeared in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Washington Square Review, Pathlight and Poetry London. She also teach creative writing at Poetry School and Oxford Brookes. She is writer-in-residence for Wasafiri. Twitter @jennywcreative Website jenniferwong.co.uk.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.