I have only to break into the cramped strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and the descending sky.
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Nature is important to all of us. The ability to notice nature and capture it in writing is very nourishing and enriching our lives.
This is the first in a series of two-hour sessions with an award-winning nature writer. Anita Sethi. You will learn to observe and describe the natural world, drawing inspiration from the changing seasons. Learn about the time-honored tradition of nature writing and how to bring your voice to this exciting literary field.
Summer is the season for the celebration of nature; flowers are in full bloom, wildlife is abundant, and the daylight hours are long. This is a season of retreat, recovery and relaxation, perfect for letting your creative juices flow.
Filled with tools and tips, this workshop will give you the opportunity to learn and practice the craft of life painting. Through a series of creative exercises and tips, Anita will inspire you to tune your eyes, ears and pen to the beauty of summer nature, both in the city and in the countryside.
This master class can be ordered separately or paired with “Writing the Seasons: Autumn”.
This course is for…
This is a welcoming workshop open to everyone, whether you’re an experienced writer or a beginner.
Anyone who wants to increase their confidence and well-being by connecting creatively with nature.
How to use the power and magic of the seasons
Outer landscape: learning observation tools to hone your experience and depiction of nature; both urban nature and wildlife, and the countryside
Feelings – the involvement of the senses in our experience and description of nature
The inner landscape is the channel of our emotional connection with the natural world.
Practical tools and tips for drafting and creating your letter
What does nature write? An inspiring contextual journey through natural history through the ages
Why Nature Matters – deepen your understanding and appreciation of the importance of nature, how it cares for us, and why we should care for it better.
Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK, where her love of nature first blossomed in the wild urban spaces. She is the author of I’m Here: A Journey Up the Ridge of Britain, which won the Books are My Reader’s Bag Award and has been nominated for the Wainwright Award for British Nature Writing, the Royal Literary Society’s Ondaatje Award, the Great Outdoors Award and the Portico. Prize. She has also published in the anthologies Women of Nature, Wild Islands, The Seasons, Ordinary People, A Special Sea: Postcards from the Edge, We Celebrate Your Memory, Solstice Shorts, and others. She has written for the Guardian and Observer, i paper, Independent, Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife, Vogue, Countryfile, Harpers Bazaar, New Statesman, Granta, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live. , World Service and ABC Australia. Anita is also on the prestigious jury for the 2022 Women’s Fiction Award.
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 18:30 – 20:30 PST
Price: £65 (plus £3.56 booking fee); £74.52 (plus £4 booking fee) with a copy of I Belong Here (UK only); £99 (plus £5.11 booking fee) when purchased with “The Seasons: Autumn” written on it.
This masterclass is available worldwide. If you’re joining us from outside the UK, use this time zone converter to check your local live stream time.
18:30 Moscow time | 19:30 CEST | 10:30 AM PT | 13:30 EST
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