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Nature Writing: Finding Stories in the Wilds of Ditchling

with Suzanne Joinson

Sat 20 March
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

£75 inc. hot drinks/biscuits + entrance to the museum (lunch not included)

In response to John Newling’s exhibition, this creative writing workshop is inspired by local nature and explores the connections between writing, storytelling and the natural world.

You don’t need to be a wildlife expert, nor do you need to have written seriously before. All you need is enthusiasm for the natural world and a willingness to explore a range of ways to bring the wilds of Ditchling alive on the page. Bring a pen, notebook and some walking boots. The workshop includes an introduction to nature writing, a short walk, writing exercises and the opportunity to share and feedback.

Suzanne Joinson is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. She is an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer with a strong interest in the Sussex landscape and nature writing.


Covid-19 Safety Information

  • We will invite you to sanitise your hands before entering the building. Please bring your own hand sanitiser for personal use throughout the day too.
  • You will have your own workspace and set of tools to use for the duration of the workshop which will have been disinfected before use.
  • This workshop will take place in the Clore Learning Space which has good ventilation.
  • We have new filming and projection equipment to avoid crowing round one table to see demonstrations.
  • Please ensure you wear a face covering when you are walking about the room but you do not need to wear one when you are sat down creating.  You can find out more information about the face covering regulations here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided but if you want to bring your own flask please do.
  • There will be the opportunity to go outside at lunchtime. Takeaway sandwiches are available to buy in the village from The Green Welly café.
  • The workshop will start with ½ an hour for you to look about the museum before we open to the public.
  • Please follow the latest Government social distancing and hygiene guidance throughout the workshop.
  • Please note, visitor data will be kept on record for 21 days after your visit in line with the government requirement to assist the NHS Test and Trace programme. Your data will only be used for this purpose and will be deleted after 21 days.

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