Nature Writing with Amanda Thomson

Nature Writing with Amanda Thomson

Date(s) - Fri 4th Aug, 2023
10:30am - 12:30pm

WASPS Inverness Creative Academy, Inverness, , IV2 3JP

Writing about nature

In this workshop, we’ll be thinking about nature writing, and thinking about us as being part of nature too. We’ll spend time outdoors, paying attention to what we see (and feel and hear) around us, and thinking about how we write about it, and the connections that we might make. We’ll think about nature not in a vacuum, but as something that’s all around us, that impacts on us everyday, from the very personal and local, out into the wider world. We’ll think about language, how we might use words, our accents and local knowledge to bring a place to life, and how we might weave in our own experiences to what we write. No experience necessary, just bring some curiosity! 


Please note, this workshop is free but but you do need to secure your place by booking below. By booking, you confirm that you are a young writer aged 13-25, and based in Scotland. For enquiries, contact

Amanda Thomson  is a writer and visual artist who lives and works in Strathspey and Glasgow and lectures at the Glasgow School of Art.  She’s written for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and her essays are in several anthologies including Antlers of Water, writing on the nature and environment of Scotland and  Gifts of Gravity and Light, A Nature Almanac for the 21st Century.  She has published three books:  A Scots Dictionary of Nature (Saraband Books);  microbursts,  a collaboration with Elizabeth Reeder (Prototype); and most recently, Belonging, Natural Histories of Place, Identity and Home (Canongate). She’s a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper’s Country Diary. She was a commissioned artist for the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2022 and Boundary Layers, a dual-screen filmwork and spoken-word essay about nature’s reclamation of the former steelworks at Ravenscraig, Motherwell, is part of AFragile Correspondence, Scotland’s collateral exhibition for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.    Insta: @dr_amanda_thomson     w: 


These residencies and events have been made possible thanks to generous support from the British Council and Creative Scotland.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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