Writing Environmental Crisis

w/ James Bradley

The climate crisis is no longer an abstract possibility, it is a lived reality that touches every aspect of our lives, and is reshaping the world in profound and unpredictable ways. Yet while it is vital writers find ways to engage with this altered reality, writing about climate change and environmental crisis poses huge challenges. It demands new ways of thinking about time and space, our relationship to both history and the future, and our relationships to other species and the natural world.

6.30pm – 8.30pm, Wednesdays, 6 October – 3 November (5 weeks)


$620 / $ 527 alumni

This is a past course.

From structure and worldbuilding, to writing about animals and the non-human, and ideas for rewiring genre, this exciting course will explore a range of techniques and approaches to writing about environmental crisis, and offer new perspectives on many of the challenges it poses.

Leading this course is award-winning novelist and essayist James Bradley. Over the past decade Bradley has emerged as one of the leading voices in this field, writing extensively about climate catastrophe and environmental crisis in acclaimed novels such as Clade and Ghost Species, and a growing body of essays and articles about the natural world and climate change. His work in the field has been shortlisted for a range of major literary awards, nominated for a Walkley, and twice-shortlisted for the Bragg Prize for Science Writing.

This is a unique opportunity to reimagine the place of writing in an increasingly unrecognisable world, and to find new ways of responding to the challenges of climate crisis in fiction.

Writers you'll be working with:

James Bradley

James Bradley  is an award-winning writer and literary critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, The Penguin Book of the Ocean, The Change Trilogy for young adults and his latest novel, Ghost Species which was published in 2020. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian,…

Course outline

Session 1: Wednesday 6 October
Writing Crisis: Challenges and Responses

Session 2: Wednesday 13 October
Ghosting Metaphors and playing with Genre

Session 3: Wednesday 20 October
Guest speaker: Writing the Non-Human

Session 4: Wednesday 27 October
Guest speaker: Utopias and Dystopias

Session 5: Wednesday 3 November
The Road Behind, The Road Ahead

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This is a past course.