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FREE | Common or garden magic – a nature-writing workshop

October 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Common or garden magic - a nature-writing workshop
Hone your nature-writing skills with this fun interactive workshop in which we’ll explore writing about familiar nature through fresh eyes.

About this event

Led by the Great North Wood nature-writer-in-residence, Amanda Tuke, with author and Guardian Country Diary columnist, Anita Roy, this online workshop is aimed at adults (or family groups) who want to try out for the first time, or further develop, their creative nature writing. During the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to practise writing from your own experience, begin polishing your words and contribute to a collaborative creative writing project. This workshop is funded by the Arts Council National Lottery scheme and offered free to participants. Donations to the London Wildlife Trust are welcomed and can be made here. This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom with live captioning. For the writing activities, you can either type or use pen and paper.

Pre-workshop activity

Before the workshop, please can you spend 5 or so mins closely observing a familiar wild organism – plant, fungi, animal – as if it was the first time you’d seen it. Notice particularly how it moves, what it smells like, its shape, colour, texture or sound. Jotting down a few notes about it is a good idea and will help remind you of specific details later. Even if the above activity is not accessible for you, please do still attend – you won’t be singled out and activity work-arounds will be suggested.

About the workshop leaders

Amanda Tuke is a nature writer, botanist and birder based in suburban south London. She contributes regularly to Bird Watching Magazine , the London Wildlife Trust blog and has written for Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine. Amanda blogs about nature and her freelance nature-writing journey. Feedback from Amanda’s nature-writing workshops: “Brilliant tutor! Really inspiring.” “Very thoughtful and engaging workshop.” “Thank you for a lovely workshop earlier today. I really enjoyed it”.

Anita Roy is a writer, editor and environmentalist of mixed British and Indian heritage. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian Country Diary column, the author of A Year at Kingcombe: The Wildflower Meadows of Dorset and co-editor, with Pippa Marland, of Gifts of Gravity and Light: A Nature Almanac for the 21st Century. More about her can be found here.


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Amanda Tuke – Goldcrest Projects

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