Writing the Wild
Susan is an acclaimed and inspiring creative writing tutor, with some eighteen years’ experience of devising and facilitating writing courses and workshops. She has run workshops in primary and secondary schools, universities, retirement homes, hospices, at Neolithic stone circles, on Welsh cliffs and Scottish mountains. She has coaxed poetry from children as young as 3 and from adults as old as 96!
She is particularly enthusiastic about offering Writing the Wild workshops which encourage participants to engage with their natural environment, wildlife and conservation issues, and our changing world, through writing. Workshops can be anything from half-a-day to week-long residentials.
- She is currently poet-in-residence with the Marine Conservation Society, running workshops and writing poetry inspired by their 30 Threatened Species appeal.
- She also recently facilitated Bee Cause poetry workshops and performance events on behalf of Friends of the Earth Cymru, and was commissioned to write several new bee-themed poems.
- For WWF’s Earth Hour, Susan has run poetry workshops on the theme of renewable energy and organised a candlelit performance event in Cardiff. A pamphlet of the poems written during the project has also been published.
- Susan’s Writing the Wild Workshops include both outdoor elements (for example, guided walks, with writing prompts, in inspiring wilderness locations) and indoor writing/sharing sessions. She has facilitated Wild Writing Workshops for a wide range of festivals, organisations and institutions, including the Wildlife Trusts, the Department of Management at Bristol University, Fort William Mountain Festival, Dark Mountain, Bristol Big Green Week, the Gatekeeper Trust and Suffolk Poetry Society.
- Over a period of several years, Susan has been booked to run ecopoetry workshops in Swansea and Pontardawe for the community energy charity Awel Aman Tawe as part of their Arts and Climate Change programme.
- She has also been involved in the ClimArt Project, offering ecopoetry workshops at primary schools in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. This project was organised and managed by the West Wales Eco-Centre and also involved Small World Theatre Company.
If you would like to book a Writing the Wild workshop, pleaseContact Susan