MASTERCLASS: How to Write About Nature – with Anita Sethi

How to Write About Nature - with Anita Sethi

Nature writing is enjoying a boom. Join the author of I Belong Here for an enlightening workshop on how to observe and describe the natural world.

Available on demand to Publishing Talk members.

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Explore nature writing with Anita Sethi

Has getting out into nature helped you during lockdown? How do you observe, describe and incorporate the natural world in your writing? Anita Sethi lifts the lid on nature writing.

Nature writing is nonfiction or fiction prose or poetry about the natural environment. It encompasses a wide range of writing, from natural history to memoir to travel writing, history and current affairs.

There has been a resurgence in nature writing in recent years. The ‘new nature writing’ is a publishing phenomenon, and often includes personal observations and reflections upon nature. It may be deeply personal, and explore the potential of the natural landscape to help overcome grief and trauma, in beautifully-written prose.

With such a range of approaches, themes and forms to explore, where do you start?

What we will cover:

  • What is nature writing?
  • How to observe and describe nature
  • How the ‘new nature writing’ opens up new possibilities
  • How to put yourself into the landscape in your writing
  • Approaches, tips, tools and techniques

Workshop includes:

  • Valuable insights, tips and advice from Anita Sethi
  • Chance to ask Anita anything about nature writing – and her book
  • Access to a video replay of the event
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About Anita Sethi

Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK where her love of nature first flourished in childhood, in wild urban spaces. I Belong Here is the first in her nature writing trilogy. She has contributed to anthologies including Seasons, Common People and Women on Nature, has written for The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue, BBC Wildlife and New Statesman, and appeared on various BBC Radio programmes.

She has been shortlisted for Northern Writer of the Year at the Northern Soul Awards and Journalist of the Year at the Asian Media Awards, and has judged the British Book Awards and Society of Authors Awards. Her career highlights include going birdwatching with Margaret Atwood in the UK’s oldest nature reserve.

Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @anitasethi.

I Belong Here by Anita SethiAbout I Belong Here

‘A brilliant, brave and important book’ – Robert Macfarlane

I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain is the first book in Anita Sethi’s nature writing trilogy. It is a journey of reclamation through the natural landscapes of the North, brilliantly exploring identity, nature, place and belonging. Beautifully written and truly inspiring, I Belong Here heralds a powerful and refreshing new voice in nature writing.

Anita Sethi was on a journey through Northern England when she became the victim of a race-hate crime. The crime was a vicious attack on her right to exist in a place on account of her race.

The Pennines – known as ‘the backbone of Britain’ – called to Anita with a magnetic force; although a racist had told her to leave, she felt drawn to further explore the area she regards as her home, to immerse herself deeply in place.

Anita transforms her personal experience into one of universal resonance, offering a call to action, to keep walking onwards. Every footstep taken is an act of persistence. Every word written against the rising tide of hate speech, such as this book, is an act of resistance.

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Jon Reed

Jon Reed is a content writer, author, screenwriter, lecturer, blogger - and the founder of Publishing Talk. He was previously a publisher for 10 years. Publishing Talk aims to help new and emerging authors write, publish and sell books. Advice is available via the blog and our masterclasses and membership programme. More...