Connect to Nature online class 01.04.2020

Miniature Worlds

Welcome to April and a brand new online creative writing class. One of the most exciting things about creative writing is getting to experience different perspectives and new worlds through our imagination and writing.

Before we start – a big thank you so much to everyone who sent me feedback and comments / pieces of writing last week (if you haven’t read them look in the comments section at the bottom of previous posts). It was lovely to read all of them. I loved the variety too – from Jonathan writing about his view from the window to Kev sharing childhood memories of playing in woodland.

This week we’re going to focus on miniature worlds and paying special attention to notice those things we usually rush by without giving a second glance. People often say that they don’t have access to a natural landscape near to their home, well here is my message, look again!

All around us are mini worlds. The home’s of insects, wildlife and flowers. In these miniature landscapes our imagination can come alive and we can lose ourselves in a completely new landscape we may never have noticed before.

Task 1: Let’s start by focusing on something small and beautiful. List ten words to describe a butterfly….

Task 2: Find a mini world! This might be a sprout of moss growing in the wall of your house, a jungle in a pot plant container, or perhaps the inside of a flower head. (If you are stuck you can choose one of the photographs below for inspiration). Imagine that you are the size of an ant. Describe your world in detail. How do the textures feel to walk on? Is it soft or smooth, slippery or hard? What do you notice about your mini world?

Task 3: Guessing game…what am I? Find something in nature that is small and that you can describe in detail. Don’t tell me what it is, show me what it is through words, I will see if I can guess what you are describing.

Task 4: In three lines tell me the experience of one of these insects!

Happy Writing Everyone! Don’t forget to post your writing in the comments, or email it to me at e.mckenzie1@yorksj.ac.uk . Also look out for new Monday Poetry Posts! Starting next week. (Oh and a big thank you to Richard M for sending me the header photo for this post and Lewis Outing for the insect pics!)

Best wishes,
Emma 🙂

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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