Audacity, Passion and Politics in the Written Word

An online writing course on nature...and human nature


Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 2 – 24 November 2021


Jay Griffiths


Online course with a mixture of 1:1 and group sessions


£270.00 (or £150 deposit, with the outstanding balance payable at the booking deadline specifed below). Short Course bursaries are available – find out more here.


20 October 2021

About this course

This is an online writing course that seeks to address the sense of crisis that we are in, as far as the living world is concerned, and indeed as far as we humans are concerned. It will look to impart a sense of writing at the edge of time, how much it matters, how important it is to engage in the world through language which is inquisitive, significant, vivid and newly expressive. All levels of experience are welcome.

This course will hold at its heart the living world, and it will look at how very important writing is, right now. We will explore writers’ tools, including research and editing, and will look at how to create narratives that draw in and engage the reader. We will also discuss how we use the personal voice, the motivation for writing, and the principle of seeing writing as something in service to the living world.

We will use a mixture of workshops, with all participants present, as well as one-to-one tutorials with the course leader for individual participants to talk about their own writing projects, and we will also use writing exercises as stimulation and writing prompts. We will discuss what makes good writing, and what fears prevent people from writing their best. The course will also involve short readings from books that are aimed at the core idea of the living world and human presence.

Who this course is aimed at

  • You have particular expertise or experience and could do with some help translating it onto the page. We will give you pointers.
  • You are part-way through a writing project and have got stuck. We will unstick you. Promise.
  • You have a book that has got out of hand and you can’t rein it in. We will introduce you to the joys (yes) of editing.
  • You are on the edge of writing something, and are nervous of jumping right into the water. We will push you. Nicely.

submission of written work

If you have a sample of your work for Jay, please send it to Pieces should be 2,000 words maximum and arrive at least one week before the course begins.

Pre-course reading

Why Rebel, Jay Griffiths, 2021
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
The Book of Trespass, Nick Hayes

course schedule/format

  • Workshops (all students attend each session) – Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 Nov, 7-9pm
  • You will be assigned one 20-minute 1:1 session with Jay during the course on one of the following dates – Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, or 24 Nov, 6-8pm
  • Celebratory reading of student work (all students attend) – Wednesday 24 Nov, 8-9.30pm


Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning writer, author of books including 'Why Rebel'; 'Wild: An Elemental Journey'; 'Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape' and others. She is a highly-experienced writing tutor.

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*Courses are confirmed or cancelled based on the number of bookings approximately 6 weeks before the course start date. If the minimum number of bookings is achieved we confirm the course and sales continue. Courses are cancelled if uptake is below the minimum needed to run the course. Your deposit secures your place so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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