So, September sees the diving in of this project!!
I am kicking off with a four week Future Learn course; William Wordsworth – Poetry, People and Place. Then a week later I start on another Future Learn course, this time focused on weather. All going well I shall also manage a nature/writing related day trip this month as well.
In terms of my focus, I am starting at the beginning. I am looking at what nature writing is, why we read and write it and how has it changed. I am expecting that will probably form an essay like blog post. Originally I was also going to look at what makes good nature writing but on reflection, I think that would be a good topic for next year once I’ve done a lot more reading and writing and learning.
Alongside that, I will also be working on some creative writing and have a collection of exercises for creating ideas and kickstarting the word magic.
My plan is to reach the end of the month with the what is nature writing post, a creative writing post (either about what I have done or my actual writing) and probably a September in review post including links and resources I’ve used.
But for now, here are a few bits and pieces I’ve already started on:
- Death of the naturalist: why is the “new nature writing” so tame? By Mark Cocker
- Following the White Deer: On Myth & Writing by Terri Windling
- Poem Crazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
- World Enough and Time by Christian McEwan