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Write Like A Grrrl
In recent months, writing about nature has seemed even more necessary. With this course, we will explore our own personal connections with nature, find our voices and question what we understand nature to be.
This course will also explore a wide range of diverse nature writers who consider how identity impacts our relationship with the environment. We’ll also examine how they, and we, approach issues such as neurodiversity, colonialism and disability.
We want to empower you to write about nature in the way that suits you, whether that’s through poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction! We’ll be doing lots of exercises to fire up your imagination, help you gain confidence and find stories in the nature that exists in everyday and even domestic spaces.
We’ll also be thinking about writing nature in the time of climate crisis and exploring the difficulties and emotions of this in a safe space. How can we use writing to process our climate grief? How can we use our creativity to write different futures into being?
If you want to explore your connection with nature creatively, whether you’ve written before or not – and whatever you write! – this course is for you!
Elspeth Wilson is a writer, poet and researcher with a background in Gender Studies and public health. Much of her work considers the question of how we live in our bodies and she is particularly interested in disability and sexuality. Her work has been shortlisted for Canongate’s Nan Shepherd prize for underrepresented nature writers and Penguin’s Write Now editorial programme. She loves spending time with her elderly dog and can usually be found in or near the sea. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
What Students Say...
“As a complete beginner to writing workshops I was a bit nervous but Elspeth and Rachel made me feel so welcome and I loved how relaxed and encouraging it was. I particularly enjoyed the free writing which I found to be a great emotional outlet during the struggles of lockdown.” Participant at the Stay at Home Literature Fringe Festival Writing Happiness workshop by Elspeth Wilson and Rachel Lewis
“I really enjoyed the workshop. I was interested in the topic but I particularly liked the way Elspeth encouraged everyone to join in and created a fun, supportive and affirming atmosphere so that people felt able to share the things they had written.” Participant at Dublin Council’s Red Line Festival Writing Nature workshop
“Elspeth made me feel completely comfortable in expressing myself through writing in their no-pressure nature writing workshop, even as someone who does not write regularly.” Participant at Dublin Council’s Red Line Festival Writing Nature workshop
Write Like A Grrrl
Write like a Grrrl was founded in 2013 by Kerry Ryan. Since Write like a Grrrl began its collaboration with For Books’ Sake in 2014, hundreds of women and non-binary writers across the UK have graduated from our courses. For more information on the history of Write like a Grrrl, see: www.writelikeagrrrl.com