Creative Writing and Nature Workshop
From William Wordsworth and Emily Bronte to Nan Shepherd and Mary Oliver, throughout history writers have been inspired by the natural world.
Join us for a wonderful day of reading, walking and writing as we immerse ourselves in the living world around us.
We will begin the day by reading a small selection of poems and extracts about nature and walking from writers past and present. These will inspire us as we then go out into the landscape. During our walk, we’ll use a range of writing prompts to observe nature in unusual and refreshing ways, and to engage with the landscape, and with the act of walking itself, from different perspectives. In a final workshop, we’ll then use the notes we’ve made whilst out walking to compose our own original pieces of writing (whether it be poetry or prose), which we’ll share over tea and cake. Please note however, that there is no pressure or obligation to share if you prefer not to do so – you can simply enjoy listening to what others have been inspired to write.
The walk will be up to 5 miles with some ups and downs but nothing too strenuous. We will head out from our base in the centre of Hathersage to explore the variety that the Peak District landscape has to offer. The village has literary associations of its own, perhaps the most significant being with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Alison Binney has taught English in comprehensive schools for over twenty years, and also teaches adults on the PGCE English Course at the University of Cambridge. She is a published poet, with poems having appeared in The North, Magma, Under the Radar, The Fenland Reed and Mslexia. She runs regular creative writing workshops as part of the National Writing Project, and is also a keen walker.
Feedback from 5 May 2019
“The workshop was exactly what I expected. With us going a walk to different locations to stop and write. The beginning, easing us into writing, also with some reading, and jumping off points, was really helpful. It was a warm, welcoming, non-judgemental atmosphere. Which paved the way for creativity.” Wendy
“Alison was an inspiring teacher and for me this was a gentle and fun way into creative writing. It felt very nourishing and luxurious to spend time walking and writing. I intend to continue!” Carol