Nature Writing with Mark Cocker Broughton Sanctuary

Nature Writing Masterclass with Mark Cocker

Mark Cocker is an award-winning author and hugely experienced writing tutor as well as an acclaimed naturalist. Broughton Sanctuary in midsummer is about the most perfect place to explore the deep links between words and wildlife.

This is a full-day’s workshop devoted to nature writing, running from 9.00am until 5.30pm and includes all food and drink for the day. It involves two interlocking sessions with in-the-field practice. We will consider in detail how to structure writing to achieve the greatest impact. Above all, we will explore the essential role of close observation not only in writing about nature, but as a part of all good prose.

This workshop is open to anyone over the age of sixteen. Please note that the day includes some walking on rough ground and a proportion of the session will be held outside so you will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, so please let us know of any special dietary requirements in advance.

The course is largely aimed at those with an interest in prose but participants are free to write prose and poetry. The two parts of the class cover important aspects of almost all writing and are designed for all levels. People with wide experience of publishing have found the masterclass adds crucial elements to their existing practice. At the same time, those with no previous writing experience are given a strong steer on how to develop their passion for words. What is essential for the day is a deep sense of wonder and a wish to express your encounters with the living world in words.

To get the most out of the day it will be important for participants to feel supported and to share their thoughts and ideas in a spirit of collaboration. It is intended as a day of experimentation. The workshops are designed for all of us to give each other feedback that guides them and points to possible improvements, while supporting and encouraging their efforts.

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Nature Writing Masterclass £110
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Jul 07 2024


9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Fire Temple


Fire Temple
Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 3AE
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