Finding the Words When the Story is Over – May!

A Dark Mountain non-fiction writing workshop

Due to popular demand for our walking and writing workshops in the winter dusk we are running a ‘dawn chorus’ version for May. Do hope you will join us!

What is the role of storytelling in a time when the stories have failed, when people have stopped believing in a happy ending? When there is nothing left to say, what is there left to say? This workshop will explore the role of writing in these times of social and ecological unravelling, how to bear witness, and make meaning, as we navigate collapse

Over two participatory sessions we will look at how to forge a writing practice that can hold uncertainty, and widen our attentiveness to the more-than-human world. Between the sessions, we will be walking into our local territories – urban or rural, civilised or wild – to help us ground these words, and ourselves, as dawn breaks and the world opens up.

Join Dark Mountain editors Charlotte Du Cann and Nick Hunt on a journey into what happens at the edges of things, in the half-light before the sun rises. Bring your memories, skills and ideas (and a notebook).

Practical information

The course comprises two x 2 hour group Zoom sessions, with time for a solo walk/encounter and a writing task during the week in between. It will include exercises and discussion and provide opportunities for:

  • Working within a Dark Mountain frame
  • In-depth conversation with fellow writers
  • Editorial feedback on texts
  • Deepening your practice
  • Exploring relationship with the living world

When:  Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th May 4pm-6pm BST. Note all times zones are welcome to participate.

Group size: 16 people maximum

Price: £55

How to apply: As the course has limited space and we are looking for a diverse group of writers please could you let us know a bit about yourself: where you are writing from, your writing practice and why you would like to take part in the course. A few sentences are fine! Send your email to [email protected] and we will be in touch.

Deadline for applications: 28th April 2021


Charlotte and Nick at Camp Breakdown Breakdown,  Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire., 2016

Charlotte Du Cann is a writer, editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project. She has taught creative non-fiction and reconnection with the wild in many places, including Schumacher College, School of the Wild and Natural Beekeeping Trust, as well as participatory workshops for Dark Mountain. She is a regular tutor at Arvon, teaching the collaborative writing course, ‘Fierce Words – Writing as if the World Mattered’, with writer and theatre maker Lucy Neal.

Nick Hunt is the author of three books about walking in Europe (Walking the Woods and the Water, Where the Wild Winds Are and Outlandish), and a work of gonzo ornithology (The Parakeeting of London). He is also an editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project. As a storyteller he has performed at festivals around the UK, and he has led writing and storytelling workshops live and online.


IMAGE: Nest #1 by Effie Paleogolou. Colourprint on Hahnemuhler Photo Rag
An abandoned blacbird’s nest fully deconstructed, its 941 sticks arranged in a formal linear way.

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