Connect to Nature Creative Writing Class

05.08.2020

While I am away!

Hi everyone!
Having run this online creative writing blog since the end of March, as part of lock down support, I am taking a week off this week, to recharge my batteries and think about some new themes for the coming weeks. In my absence I am leaving the following tasks, which are a little different to usual, but will hopefully help you to keep writing, stay creative and to reflect on our journey so far! If you are new to this blog you might want to reflect on what you hope to get out of it, rather than what we have already done.

Task 1: (5 mins) Observation – The sense of touch. This task was inspired by teasles! When they dry out they are lovely to touch (carefully) did you know that they were traditionally used to comb wool and fibres in the weaving industry?!

Find something natural, whether it is a houseplant, something in your garden, or somewhere outside. Making sure you are steady, close your eyes, and touch the item. How does it feel? Cold? Warm? Prickly? Soft? Write ten words to describe the experience.

Task 2: (10 mins) Your green place. Since March I have been encouraging you to engage with the outside world and nature. Tell me about a green place that is important to you. Following on from the teasel exercise in task 1, can you describe it using all your senses? Do you draw on one green space for your inspiration and connection to nature, or do you have a number of different places?

Task 3: (5 mins) Reflection: Since you have been following these writing classes, can you write about new things that you have learnt? What do you notice since you have been engaging with nature through writing? Has it changed how you experience the world? Tell me about it.

Task 4: (5 mins) Can you think of a writing exercise that would inspire me? Do you have a daily writing habit, or a creative writing technique that you have particularly enjoyed? Is there something in nature that you would love someone else to experience? Spend five minutes designing a creative writing exercise to help someone else connect to nature. You are welcome to send it to me to try out, or to share as part of this blog!

I hope you enjoyed reflecting on your experiences so far. I look forward to catching up next week! There won’t be any Friday Letter’s or Saturday Art Challenge this week, but I will be back as usual on the 10th of August.

Take care.

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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