At a time when the natural world is so vulnerable, it is hard to know where to find our place in it. We have become disconnected from our surroundings, living in increasingly urban settings that keep us cloistered from our natural environment. It is easy at times to feel alienated – as though Nature is something “other” that has nothing to do with our human existence. As writers – whether we write fiction or non-fiction – it is perhaps more important than ever to re-ground ourselves; to find a sense of place. We need to find ways of communicating setting and environment to our readers, to help them feel a new connection. In this masterclass, through reading, writing and discussing, we will go on a sensory exploration of setting together and discover new ways of communicating a sense of place to our readers.
This masterclass will be run via Zoom.
Anna Wilson started out as a picture book editor at Macmillan Children’s Books and went on to be an editor at HarperCollins. She has also freelanced for several years as a fiction editor for Bloomsbury, Puffin, Chicken House and Hachette.
Her writing career began twenty-one years ago with a picture book, published for very young children. Since then Anna has published over 48 books for children and young teens including picture books, short stories, poems, fiction series and non-fiction titles. Her books have been chosen for World Book Day, the Richard and Judy Book Club and been shortlisted for the Hull Libraries Award, the Lancashire Book of the Year Award and most recently the ALCS Educational Writers’ Award. Her memoir A Place for Everything is her first book for the adult market, published 2020 by HarperCollins.
Anna was a tutor and Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University for seven years. She also has extensive experience in running writing workshops in schools and is a tutor for the Arvon Foundation.
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