This Is Our Place: nature writing workshop with Laura Barker and LiLi K. Bright
– in person

Explore nature writing in the city with Laura Barker and LiLi K. Bright

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In this welcoming writing workshop, you’ll explore nature writing, your own unique perspective of the natural world around you and your place in it. This workshop is part of This Is Our Place – a nature writing project for London, in partnership with London Wildlife Trust. 

What will you do in the workshop? 

In the special location of London Wildlife Trust’s Walthamstow Wetlands, you’ll have lots of opportunities to write. We’ll share writing activities to help you draw inspiration from nature. 

We’ll spend most of our time writing, with some of the time creating resources for writing in the future.

Bring writing and drawing materials if you have them.

What can you expect? 

This is a welcoming, kind space wherever you’re at with your writing, even if you are just starting or if you’ve been writing for a while. You can expect to come away with some new pieces of writing and new ideas you may want to take further and enter into the This Is Our Place writing competition. All our activities are suggestions – do which ones appeal to you and feel free to do your own thing instead.

All forms are welcome, whether you want to write poetry or prose or tweets or novels or letters or telegrams or text messages.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for Londoners from backgrounds underrepresented in publishing, including but not limited to:
– Disabled,
– LGBTQIA+,
– Working class,
– Writers of colour (
Black, Asian, Arab, Mixed-Raced and Non-white Latinx). 

Londoners from underrepresented backgrounds in publishing who attend any of the This Is Our Place in-person or online workshops can enter the This Is Our Place competition. 

Additional Info 

This workshop is free to you, and we ask that as far as possible by booking a place you commit to attending.

Places are limited, and you can only book a place at one This Is Our Place in-person workshop. You are welcome to attend as many of the This Is Our Place online workshops as you would like (subject to availability). 

The workshops will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and good practice including social distancing, mask wearing if inside (and outdoors if you would prefer), and regular hand sanitisation. 

If the weather is good, the workshop will be held outside. If the weather isn’t good, the workshop will be run inside.

Please bring:
writing materials, whether that’s pen & paper, a laptop, a phone… whatever you like to use to write,
water / snacks,
a pen,
hand sanitiser,
and a mask.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and we will try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • This workshop is relaxed; you are welcome to take breaks at any point.

  • You can find access information about Walthamstow Wetlands here.

  • If you have additional access needs, please contact us and we will support you to participate.

About Laura and LiLi

Laura Barker

This Is Our Place writer-in-residence


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Laura Barker is a writer, artist, and facilitator. She runs an LGBT black writing group in London. Her work has appeared in Apparition Lit, midnight & indigo, and The Other Stories. She has guest edited for Apparition Lit, and her YA novel Picnics was shortlisted for the Faber Andlyn (FAB) Prize.

LiLi K. Bright

This Is Our Place writer-in-residence


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LiLi K. Bright is a writer, workshop leader and huge tree nerd. They’re currently writing a collection of nature poetry and short stories. They were selected for The Future is Back writing award in 2019 and have performed at Gay’s the Word.


Walthamstow Wetlands

2 Forest Road,
Walthamstow,
London,
N17 9NH