Connect to Nature Creative Writing Class

27.05.2020

Pools, ponds, lakes and rivers

Welcome back to another Connect to Nature Creative Writing Class.

As mentioned on Monday, the whole theme this week is based around water, for a bit of fun for half term week and the opportunity to have a virtual adventure!

As many people visit natural beauty spots when we can travel I decided to use the water theme to get us thinking about fun and beautiful interactions with water. I hope that you enjoy the tasks!

Task 1: (5 mins) Skimming stones. Did you ever skim stones as a child? If you did you will know that the aim was to find the most satisfyingly smooth flat pebble possible. To hold it between finger and thumb, and with a flick of the wrist to send it sailing across a smooth body of water so that it literally skimmed and jumped across the surface.

In five lines write about skimming a pebble! (Don’t worry if you haven’t skimmed a pebble before – write about what you might expect to find if you did).

Task 2: (10 mins) Words on Water! I love words! In Robert MacFarlane’s book Landmarks he includes a glossary of words that relate to landscapes and nature, at the end of each chapter. How many words can you find to describe water? Write a list of as many words as possible. Once you have done this write a description of a pond, pool, lake, stream or river that you have visited, use as many of the words that you can.

Here are some words to get you started:

  • Shimmer
  • Glisten
  • Ripple
  • Splash
  • Lap

Task 3: (10 mins). Imaginative Task: Imagine that you are walking by a large lake, or body of water (this can be anywhere in the world, I like to imagine the blue fjords of Norway for this task!) The day is bright and sunny. You come upon an old but sturdy wooden boat. The boat is filled with cushions and blankets, it looks safe, inviting and comfortable. Two oars rest at the sides. There is a sign by the boat saying it is free to borrow. Describe what happens next……

Task 4: In detail: Have you ever stared into a pond or a rock pool, or even a deep puddle? In one paragraph create a sketch with words describing the detail of what you saw….if you feel stuck use the photograph below for inspiration!

As usual, I hope that you have enjoyed this creative writing class, and hopefully it has given you a little online break using the imagination for a joyful nature based experience.

If you have any work that I can include in Friday’s post I would love to share your work (it doesn’t have to be from this session, it can be writing done from previous weeks classes, or something else that has inspired you).

I look forward to hearing from you!

With 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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