Writing Courses

New for 2019 – Nature and Environment Writing Course, Grant Arms Hotel, Cairngorms National Park.

Arrival Sunday afternoon 20th October Departure Friday morning 25th October.

New for 2019, a five-night four-day nature and environment writing course led by award-winning writer Karen Lloyd, author of The Gathering Tide, The Blackbird Diaries and editor of the Curlew Calling Anthology. In a dynamic mix of field trips, writing seminars and talks from ecologists, participants will develop their writing amongst the inspiring landscapes of the Cairngorms.

In a rare opportunity to write in one of the UK’s most inspiring wildlife hotspots, (featured on Springwatch 2019,) the course is based in the 4-star Grant Arms Hotel, www.grantarms.com and will feature a number of field trips led by local wildlife expert Simon Pawsey www.cairngormsbirding.co.uk. These will be followed by writing seminars and an individual tutorial led by Karen Lloyd. www.karenlloyd-writer.co.uk

During the week we will visit a number of contrasting landscapes looking for some of the most iconic species that the Cairngorms has to offer – Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Mountain Hare, Red Deer, Snow Bunting, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Red Squirrels, Otters, Black Grouse and Crested Tits, in the indigenous Caledonian forest, the mountains, moors and lochs.

The week will also feature a speaker from The Cairngorms National Park Capercaillie Community Project and a talk by The Cairngorms Connect Project.  These will give participants the opportunity to consider some of the more positive impacts of recent interventions on sensitive ecosystems.

This course is a unique opportunity to engage with language and landscape and is suitable for those with some writing experience as well as more experienced writers.

“Karen Lloyd is an inspiring and gifted tutor.”

Course fees are £750pp, which includes accommodation, guiding, all breakfasts and three-course dinners, plus one packed lunch on Tuesday 22nd. (Packed lunches for the other days are available on request at the hotel and paid for separately, there are also cafes and a well-stocked Co-Op just across the road. Lunch can also be purchased in the hotel bar.)

To book, please email info@karenlloyd.co.uk.

April 2018

Just home from a week teaching nature writing with Mark Cocker at the Scottish Writers’ Centre, the very wonderful Moniack Mhor. What a place! Slavonian grebes thrown in for good measure…

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Writing Day with Karen Lloyd at the wonderfully inspiring Sprint Mill, Burneside near Kendal. Sunday 16th July, 10.30 to 3pm. £20 including refreshments. Use the eclectic collection of objects inside the mill or the river environment as inspiration. (Bring packed lunch.)

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Saturday 3rd June, Bolton Castle, nr. Leyburn. 10 am to 12 noon.

Come and join award winning writer Karen Lloyd for a two hour nature-writing workshop exploring the soundscape and sights of the moor above Bolton Castle. We will hear many of the bird species that spend summer in this wonderful territory – curlew, lapwing, cuckoo, snipe, plover and a host of woodland birds. There will also be the opportunity to reference a number of known and less well-known writers on place. Bring waterproof gear, sturdy shoes, notebook, pen and camera.

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