Writing the Wild
Susan is an acclaimed and inspiring creative writing tutor, with some twenty 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 and they always include both outdoor elements (such as guided walks, with writing prompts, in inspiring wilderness locations) and indoor writing/sharing sessions.
Susan has facilitated Writing the Wild Workshops for a wide range of festivals, organisations and institutions, including the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, the Department of Management at Bristol University, Fort William Mountain Festival, Dark Mountain, Big Green Week, the Gatekeeper Trust and Suffolk Poetry Society.
Other wildlife/environment-focused projects for which Susan has run workshops include:
- the Marine Conservation Society’s 30 Threatened Species project.
- Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause. In addition to offering poetry workshops, Susan also organised a performance event and was commissioned to write several new bee-themed poems.
- WWF’s Earth Hour: Susan ran 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.
If you’d like to book a Writing the Wild workshop, please contact Susan. She also offers Writing the Wild as a one-to-one experience, so if you’re interested either in treating yourself or buying an unusual Birthday gift for someone else, just let her know!