Nature Writing At The Footprint

Creative Learning |
11th May 2019

Tutor Karen Lloyd | Fee £59 | Footprint, Windermere

Be inspired by the wonderful setting of the National Trust’s Footprint Building near Windermere. A one-day course exploring the springtime woodlands nearby to inform our writing on place and nature. No previous experience necessary and this course is suitable for all levels of writers, including complete beginners. Other resources will be provided on the day, and students can write in their preferred genre.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

  • We will look at inspirational examples of the nature writing genre and place-writing – from poetry to non-fiction and fiction.
  • Warm-up and writing exercises will be set to simple briefs.
  • We will work outside so bring wet weather gear – but this will be kept to a minimum if the weather is inclement.
  • There is no expectation to complete any piece of writing, but there will be time to workshop student’s writing during the second part of the day.
  • There is no obligation to read work back to the group – this is voluntary.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:
Be able to respond to simple writing briefs for both outdoor and indoor settings, to help you to develop your own writing in your chosen genre.

What do I need to bring with me?
Outdoor clothing and suitable footwear.
Notebook, pen or pencils.
Please also bring a memory of a particular place that is of importance to you.
Bring a packed lunch: tea and coffee are provided.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
None, tea and coffee are provided.

About the tutor
Karen Lloyd is the author of ‘The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay’ and The Blackbird Diaries. She is the editor of Curlew Calling Anthology and is a member of The Brewery Poets. Karen is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Access & Facilities
This course takes place at Footprint, St Catherine’s Woodland, Windermere, a National Trust property. Participants do not need to be National Trust members to attend. Please visit the following link for more information about this unique eco building, the first straw bale building in Cumbria

There is a small car park and free parking is available but do consider car sharing or public transport:

How to get here
Address: Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH

Please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email


11th May 2019

You might like...


Language Classes 2024


Learn a language! Whether you are a complete beginner hoping to strike up a conversation on holiday, or someone wanting to refine previous knowledge -...

Read more


18 April – 1 June 2024

18 Apr – 1 Jun | Foyer Gallery and Sugar Store Gallery | Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm | Free  Moments showcases the work of award-winning artist Catherine...

Read more
Print Room Members Access

Print Room Members Sessions

Print Room Members Sessions | Tue 23 April - Tue 2 July | Thu 25 April - 4 July | 11am-3pm | Membership fee £10...

Book now

Supported by