Connect to Nature Online Class

15.04.2020

Transformation and Metamorphosis

Welcome back to another week of using writing to Connect to Nature. This week on my daily walks I have been really struck by the transformation of Spring. On Friday I had a walk along the River Ouse and was struck by the number of Peacock Butterflies that I saw. The children found tadpoles in the allotment wildlife pond. The Allium flower buds were pointing skywards building up energy ready to burst open; they always remind me of fireworks when they flower.

Transformation is a special theme that we often visit at St Nicks Connect to Nature Writing Class. St Nick’s nature reserve has had many lives; beginning with St Nicholas’ hospital and meadows, before being used as clay mine pits and later as a rubbish dump, eventually being reclaimed by local residents and returned to wildlife as a nature reserve, so a perfect theme for transformation. You can read more about the history here.

So lets get started….

Task 1: Write ten words that describe a flower that has just opened into full bloom. Be as creative as you like!

Task 2: (5 mins) A post card to the Winter. Take some time to look out at your view or at your green space. Write a post card to the Winter months to tell them all about the transformation you are seeing.

Task 3: (10 mins) Changing form: Choose one of the following themes (below) and write about the experience of transformation for the chosen subject. You can either write it from the perspective of an observer, or from the view point of the chosen subject.

  • A tadpole turning into a frog
  • A dragonfly larvae emerging as a dragonfly
  • A bud turning into a flower
  • A chrysalis transforming into a butterfly
  • A grey and rainy sky being lit up by a rainbow

Task 4: (5 mins) Write for five minutes about a transformation you are looking forward to in nature, or one you have enjoyed in the past. See where your mind wanders. You might want to think about a special place that you enjoy visiting at a particular time of year, or a special flower or plant you look forward to seeing in the summer.

I love the theme of transformation, I hope you have enjoyed it too. I will end with some photo’s from across the seasons at St Nicks.

Thank you for joining me on another Connect to Nature creative writing class! Look out for a lovely trip to Cornwall via this Friday’s letters and a special surprise.

I look forward to seeing you all then. Don’t forget to email me your responses, or leave them in the comments box below. I love to hear how you have got on with the tasks.

Best wishes,
Emma

With many thanks to Eloise Clark for the cover rainbow painting.

  1. I saw a grass emerald moth yesterday. So beautiful. Grass Emeralds Opalescent blue wings Flicker Between Sea green stems Great…

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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