Nature Writers

Ref: C2226724

This course will explore the longstanding literary form of Nature Writing. Each week, we will focus on a specific writer, such as John Clare or Gilbert White, and their work, considering the intersection of their lives with their writing. In doing this, we will consider the particular creative achievement of their work, how it connects to the bigger tradition of Nature Writing and what the legacy of the work is. The course will be underpinned by a range of reference to secondary reading and each week, a handout will be provided that summarises a given session and which will indicate further reading to extend the content of the class.

Additional information about this course

23/01/2020 session runs from 10:30 - 15:30, then 5 further sessions at 14:00-16:00. There is no half term break.

Course aim

This course will explore the longstanding literary form of Nature Writing. Each week, we will focus on a specific writer and their work, considering the intersection of their lives and their writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe three essential qualities of Nature Writing
  • Identify three Nature Writers and their key focus as writers.
  • Discuss how a key Nature writing text uses metaphor.
  • Identify three key terms used in the discussion and analysis of literature.
  • Discuss how Nature writing relates to wider cultural concerns and traditions.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • All materials will be provided
  • If you do not have access to the internet , the tutor will provide a hard copy of reading materials to be referred to as a means of enriching our time together in the session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • It is hoped that participant learners will be willing to undertake preparatory reading for each session as directed by the course tutor in a timely manner.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • With his experience in Higher Education, the tutor would be happy, in concert with the WEA, to advise on Higher Education progression / interests.

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Nature Writers

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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