From the bewitching ocean-depths to our local parklands, how can writers represent nature in a beguiling way? Learn how to overcome the challenges of writing about animals, plants, landscapes and local environments with award-winning author Rebecca Giggs (Fathoms: the world in the whale). Using practical writing exercises and group discussion, participants call upon an encounter theyve had with the natural world to shape a compelling fiction or non-fiction narrative. Leave with several new strategies for embarking upon the transfixing genre of nature writing.

Once you have booked an online workshop, information on how to participate will be emailed to you by 12 April. If you have any queries, please email us at

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form.

Rebecca Giggs (Australian)

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an award-winning author from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s non-fiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her first book, Fathoms: the world in the whale, won the 2021 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the 2020 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize.