Nature Writing with Sophie Hardcastle is an exciting course for anyone with a passion for the natural world. Designed for both fiction and non-fiction writers, Sophie will guide participants through a series of close readings and group discussions to unpack the various histories of the ‘nature writing’ genre. Looking closely at past and contemporary writers, this workshop calls into question the Eurocentric culture / nature binary, encouraging participants to see the natural world not as a passive backdrop behind the story, but rather something that is animate, alive and integral to the story itself.
Sophie will look at our position as writers within the Anthropocene and consider some of the challenges of nature writing in the 21st Century. The workshop is ideal for anyone who is curious about the world around them… whether that’s a curiosity for sea breezes, an interest in tree root systems, or a fascination for glacial ice, Sophie will help participants to write landscapes to life. Through a series of writing exercises, participants will learn to animate the world on the page so that it takes the shape of a character – ever present, complex, multifaceted and full of heart.
Date: Tuesday 3 August Time: 10am — 4pm Where: Byron Community College, Room 3. East Point Arcade (opposite Mercato), Level 1, 107 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $120/100 Members & Students
Sophie Hardcastle is an author, artist, and screenwriter. In 2018 Sophie was a Provost’s Scholar in English Literature at Worcester College, at the University of Oxford. Sophie later worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford, specialising in literature of Antarctica. In 2017, Sophie was an artist-in-residence in Antarctica. Sophie is the author of the critically acclaimed, Running Like China (2015), and Breathing Under Water (2016) and Below Deck (2020). Sophie’s work has been published in nine countries and translated into seven languages. Sophie is the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of Cloudy River, which premiered at the 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival in 2020, and is now available to stream on SBS On Demand.
Sophie is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at UNSW. Sophie now lives and works on unceded Bundjalung Country.