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British Council Scotland Year of Young People opportunity
Nature Writing Seminar in Germany, 7-9 June 2018

As part of British Council Scotland’s work to create new international opportunities during Scotland’s Year of Young People, we are offering up to five fully-funded places for writers aged 18-26 to take part in a British Council Nature Writing Seminar in Germany from 7-9 June 2018 as part of the UK/Germany 2018 season.

  • How do we write about nature and landscape? 
  • Can we observe the natural world and represent it in writing with respect and awe? 
  • Does nature writing have the potential to change our relationship with the natural world?

These questions and more will be explored at the Seminar. Chaired by Robert Macfarlane, the event will celebrate and critically examine some of the aspects, forms and outcomes of nature writing.

Writers including Nancy Campbell, Horatio Clare, Helen MacDonald, Sarah Hall and Helen Mort will take part, reading from recent works, discussing characteristics of the genre and exploring recent trends.

Key Information

British Council Nature Writing Seminar with Robert Macfarlane, part of the UK/Germany 2018 season.

From 7 - 9 June 2018 at Literaturhaus München and Stiftung Nantesbuch, Bad Heilbrunn (transport provided).

All costs will be covered by the British Council, to include: travel, accommodation, attendance at the Seminar and subsistence.

Travel from Scotland to Germany will take place from either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The British Councill will not cover any additional travel expenses and costs for optional entertainment.


The opportunity is open to young writers aged 18-26 who are resident in Scotland.

How to apply

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their commitment to creative writing, and in particular nature writing. Expressions of interest should be sent by email to jordan.ogg@britishcouncil.org and include:

  • A short biography.
  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining the reasons why you would find this opportunity valuable at this point in time.
  • A sample of your own creative writing of no more than 500 words. 

Deadline for entries 

The deadline has now passed.

The British Council is committed to environmental sustainability of our activities. View our Environment Policy.

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