Saturday 11 November 1500 - Sunday 12 November 1600

“On the role of love in our connections to the natural world.”  

Bookended by the sunset and sunrise, writer-in-residence William Henry Searle will guide participants on a reflective weekend workshop, foregrounding the role of personal emotion and love in our nature writing practice.  

Over a series of walks, personal time to write and guided workshops from Will participants will develop a piece of writing to be workshopped, with the chance for detailed feedback from Will.  

Throughout the weekend participants will explore emotional ties to the natural world, whether through our relationships, memories, dreams, our childhood or family, and how that colours our experiences of place and nature. 



3-4pm Workshop introduction & reading of relevant nature / life writing that will inspire them.  

4-5.30pm Sunset walk  

5.30pm-7pm Workshop to start the process of writing your piece.  


6.30-8am Sunrise walk  

Personal writing time at home 

2-4pm Final workshop, pieces read & workshopped with everyone.  

Thursday 23rd November 

2-5pm Chance to meet with Will at the Custom House for one-to-one feedback on your work.  

Locations for the walks will be close to Exeter Custom House and revealed nearer the time. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear.  

About the Author 

William Henry Searle is the criticially acclaimed author of Lungs of the Earth and Threads. Having worked as a labourer, lecturer, mountain guide and manager of a hostel in Snowdonia, William now lives with his wife, son and two collies in Cornwall.