Setting in Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
13 March @ 11:00 - 13:00
About this Event
Learn how to bring place and setting to life through writing in this 2-hour interactive, hands-on workshop with author Helen Jukes.
Through a series of short exercises, readings and discussion, we’ll experiment with a range of techniques designed to help you develop and hone your sense of place. Whether a writer of fiction or nonfiction, you’ll come away with a renewed appreciation of the role of place in writing, and the skills and confidence to approach it afresh.
Throughout this 2-hour workshop, you will…
- Understand the role of setting in writing (fiction and nonfiction), and some of the techniques used by writers to bring place and environment to life,
- Form a critical approach; an awareness of the role of place writing at a time of climate crisis.
Helen Jukes writes about environment, relationship and uncertain landscapes. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Port Magazine, Aeon, The Clearing, Caught by the River, and others. Her first book, A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, is published in the UK and Europe, North America and Australia. It was listed as a Book of the Year by Landlines Nature, Five Books and Glamour UK, Book of the Month in BBC Countryfile, and Book of the Week at the London Review of Books. It was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag non-fiction award. Helen is now working on her first novel and other writing commissions, including Less A Building: Interactions with the London Zoo Aviary by artist Michaela Nettell. She has attended residencies at Skaftfell in Iceland and the Alde Valley Festival in Suffolk, and been awarded grant funding by the Society of Authors.
As a tutor, Helen has led courses and workshops on memoir, place writing and nature writing for the National Writing Centre of Wales, the Wordsworth Trust, Writing East Midlands, Freedom from Torture, Crisis UK, and HM Prison Service. She currently teaches on the Creative Writing programme at the University of Oxford, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Nottingham. She is based on the edge of the Peak District, UK.
Book your place
Tickets cost £17 for NWS Members and £20 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.
This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A link will be sent out shortly before the workshop starts to the email address you enter at the time of booking.