A Living Land: An Introduction to Writing Nature, Place, and Environment

Workshop with Jessica J. Lee

Online Event
Sat 15 May
17:00 UK

In this workshop we'll explore how best to honour and represent our lived environments on the page. Through a series of exercises designed to get you noticing the world around you in detail, engaging with your senses, and finding the words to capture the world's liveliness in your writing, participants will develop a foundation for writing about the places that matter to you, from wild lands to busy cities. You needn't prepare anything in advance, but should come prepared to write, discuss, and share your ideas. Suitable for writers at all levels working in all media.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. It will last for two hours, including a short break. Bring something to write with!


About the speaker:

Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author, environmental historian, and winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019), which was shortlisted for Canada Reads 2021. She has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and was Writer-in-Residence at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and a researcher at the University of Cambridge. She lives in London. Find out more about Jessica on her website: www.jessicajleewrites.com or follow her on Twitter: @jessicajlee.

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How do the Writers Gathering events work?


Workshops

Once you have booked your workshop place using our online ticketing site, you will receive a confirmation email. 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, a reminder email will be sent out to you with the link to access the workshop on Zoom. Workshops will not be streamed live anywhere else. Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, and will last for two hours, including a short break.

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be streamed live on the Wigtown Book Festival website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, so you don’t need to register to access it. However, it’s still worth signing up as you will be sent a direct link to the event and a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.

Don’t forget to check your spam folder for the confirmation and reminder emails in case they end up in there.

WG21 Weekend Pass
Why not purchase our WG21 pass, which at £30 gives you a 100% discount on 1 ticket to each event. Please note that you will still need to book a place on the workshops you would like to attend. Click Here To Purchase WG21 Pass. Passes must be purchased separately before booking on to the individual workshops.

Access
We appreciate that not everyone can afford the £8 workshop fee or £30 for a weekend pass. Making the Writers’ Gathering as accessible as possible is a priority of ours and so we are offering a number of bursaries for each workshop. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete this online form or email Isla on isla@wigtownbookfestival.com. Live captioning will also be available on request.

Asking questions

During the workshops, you can ask a question verbally and by using the chat facility on Zoom. On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or in the comments box on Facebook and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

Catch up

The panel discussion will be available on catch-up. However, the workshops are not being recorded and will not be available anywhere else after they take place.

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Queries

If you have any queries about the Writers’ Gathering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing isla@wigtownbookfestival.com.