Writing with Nature

How might we write as part of nature, rather than simply about it?

Our ways of living and thinking impact directly and indirectly on a natural world now under immense strain. This creative writing course imagines writing as a potential act of repair, exploring how we might language a healthy relationship with the living world by de-centring the human narrator and co-creating with nature. 

Much of this course will begin with embodied experience and take place outdoors (weather permitting). We shall engage with the various ecologies of The Rodd - the woodland, orchards, fields, rivers and historic buildings. Adjustments can be made for inclusivity. Participants will be working on the beginnings of new pieces of writing but acquire techniques to apply to pre-existing work. The course’s focus is on perspective rather than the craft of writing itself.

Sarah Thomas is a creative non-fiction writer whose experience living in northwest Iceland resulted in a memoir, The Raven’s Nest, recently longlisted for the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize. She has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow. In 2013, she gained a loyal following on her Journey On Foot as Penguin Books’ Summer Wayfarer, selected by author Robert Macfarlane to walk and wild camp across Britain in the spirit of way making.  She has been published in Caught By The River, Weatherfronts, Zoomorphic, and Earthlines Magazine and she is a regular contributor to the Dark Mountain Journal.

£250 – Course fee, food and accommodation. 
£170 – Course fee and food only. 

To help ensure the best quality experience courses are limited to twelve people. This maximises time and input from the course tutors. We have up to six residential spaces available on the course. 

You will stay in the farmhouse. The accommodation comprises of shared bedrooms (two people) and shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation for the duration of your stay. Towels are provided.

The Rodd
The course is set at The Rodd, an ancient 250-acre organic farm that straddles the England Wales border. With extensive gardens and woodland, the farm provides a unique environment for our courses. The structured sessions are run in Rodd Court the former home of Sidney and Mary Nolan. The library provides a special setting, complete with a selection of Nolan’s books. Depending on the nature of the course, participants will spend time exploring the extensive landscape.

Meals are provided during the course (excluding Friday evening arrival). A self-service breakfast is provided in the farmhouse and comprises of cereals, breads, jams, fruit juice, teas and coffee. A light lunch of soup and sandwiches is provided on both days. On Saturday evening a two-course meal is catered in Rodd Court where participants dine together with Trust staff and tutors. Please speak with us about any dietary requirements when booking. Tea and coffee are provided on a self-service basis over the course of the weekend.

Course structure
You are encouraged to arrive on Friday evening to settle into your accommodation, meet the other participants and be ready for the course which will start promptly at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. Both days combine structured workshops, tutor readings, plus time to write. Participants will also have time to enjoy the estate and, depending on the time of year, one of our modern or contemporary art exhibitions.

Specific access needs
Due to the age and nature of both Rodd Court and the farmhouse access is limited however if you have any specific access needs please contact us advance and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Please email info@sidneynolantrust.org

Terms & Conditions for course bookings : A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking unless the course commences in less than four weeks in which case the full amount is to be paid. The remaining balance must be paid four weeks prior to the course commencing.  

Refunds: A full refund will be paid if the booking is cancelled longer than six weeks ahead of the course commencing. If the booking is cancelled four-six weeks before the due arrival date the deposit will be retained and the balance repaid. If the booking is cancelled within four weeks before the arrival date the full tariff will be retained.

Writing with Nature

Writing with Nature

The Rodd