Lessons in Nature Writing

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When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

—John Muir

Do you feel called to write about nature?

I wrote Getting Started with Nature Writing to encourage those who want to write about nature but feel the need for some instruction and support.

Module 1 and Appendix 2 of Getting Started with Nature Writing are offered free of charge to all blog visitors in the attached PDF (link below).  I am especially thrilled that Appendix 2 contains valuable and inspiring insights and advice from Connecticut nature writers I know and admire, including Eric D. LehmanDavid K. Leff, Judy Benson, and Ann Courcy. Also, please page down to the end for more links to free instructions/advice on nature writing.

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The entire e-workbook (19 pages, with space for exercises) in PDF format contains all modules and appendices  and is available for $20. Buy Now Button

 Table of contents (note: all modules contain exercises)
Module 1: What Kind of Nature Writer Will You Be?
Module 2: A Nature Writer’s Tools
Module 3: Field Notes and Beyond
Module 4: Getting Your Writing Underway
Appendix 1: Links to nature writers and their inspiring words
Appendix 2: Words of wisdom from interviews with Connecticut  nature writers

 My blog and this workbook are labors of love, and I do accept donations via PayPal Buy Now Button  by any reader who may be so moved in response to the free content. I’d also greatly appreciate your sharing my link on your own site, or via other social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc).

 If you’d like more personalized instruction regarding your nature writing, I offer a review service for the beginning nature writer. The fee is $40 for my review of up to 10 pages of double-spaced text ($20 if you’ve already purchased the book), in which I will offer suggestions via email for streamlining the draft, improving its readability, correcting any errors I notice along the way, and ideas for further writing development and/or publication, contest opportunities, etc.

Review of your writing
Price for those who have purchased book $20.00 USD
Regular price $40.00 USD

I can also arrange to teach an in-person workshop to an individual or group in some cases. Please contact me at khauswirth@sbcglobal.net to discuss. 

About the author: Katherine Hauswirth’s career as a writer and editor spans more than 17 years. In addition to her staff positions in medical and grant writing, her freelance work has included articles, essays, book reviews, poems, and writing/editing for the Web. Her freelance writing often centers on themes of nature, ecology, literature, and contemplation. She was a biweekly columnist at BiblioBuffet, a Web site for book lovers, and was awarded a Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarship based on her nature writing in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded the honor of Artist-in-Residence at the Edwin Way Teale writing cabin and home site in Connecticut. In 2017 she was a writer in residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Some of her publications include pieces and poems in: Orion online, Connecticut Woodlands, Whole Life Times, Blueline, Snowy Egret, Chronogram, The Christian Science Monitor, the On Being blog, Seasons, The Day, The Writer, and many more. The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, launched with Homebound Publications in May 2017. An essay from the book, “Beckoning the Mountain,” won first place in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition (memoir vignette category).

More links to instructions/advice on nature writing. Most are blogs/brief articles: