This masterclass is ideal for more advanced writers of 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.
The class will be led by Inga Simpson, through a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunities for discussion. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the tradition of nature writing, the importance of story and emotion, a toolkit for describing the natural world, techniques for developing the thematic elements of your work – and probably a long reading list!
You’ll also receive personal feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand, and the class will be tailored to suit the interests and strengths of participants.
When: Saturday 29 August. 9.15 am – 12.30 pm.
Where: In ‘the studio’ at Olvar Wood, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (address details supplied once booked in).
Class: 4-8 participants.
To book: email Inga@olvarwood.com.au
Bio: Dr Inga Simpson is the author of Mr Wigg and Nest, which was longlisted for the Stella Prize, Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. She has a PhD in Creative Writing (QUT), and is currently completing a second PhD in English literature (UQ), which examines Australia’s history of nature writing and its potential as an environmental strategy. Inga is also the winner of the 2012 Eric Rolls Nature Writing Prize.