“Good nature-literature, like all literature, is more lived than written” ~ Dallas Lore Sharp.



Olvar Wood runs nature writing retreats in several beautiful locations each year, led by Dr Inga Simpson. It’s a great way to spend time immersed in place  – and your writing  – to hone your skills at capturing the natural world on the page.

Coming up: Walking the wilds of Scotland – August 2017

In August 2017 we’ll be walking and writing the wilds of Scotland, exploring literary Edinburgh, before immersing ourselves in the Trossachs and Cairngorms national parks, the Hebrides, and the Orkneys.

In October 2017, we’ll run our annual retreat at Shallow Crossing.

Retreats are tailored to suit participants, and suitable for writers at all stages (fiction or nonfiction) interested in better evoking landscapes, flora and fauna on the page, and utilising the natural world not only as setting but the anchor for character, plot and structure. Whether journaling or blogging, travel writing, planning a novel, or completing a work of creative non-fiction – you’ll find a retreat an enriching experience.

For more information, to express an interest in any of the above retreats, or join our mailing list, please contact:

Olvar Wood can also organise a retreat for your writing group, or help find a tutor for your upcoming retreat.