With support from Creative Scotland, we ran a series of events in July and August 2023. These free, one-hour workshops gave participants guidance on how to put together a nature writing book proposal. The online workshop was recorded and remains available to watch back.

Thank you to Caro Clarke, Marchelle Farrell and Jini Reddy for leading the events.

More about the events

Canongate in partnership with Waterstones and local independent bookshops and supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland are delighted to announce the Nan Shepherd Prize Workshops. The workshops will see experienced nature writers meet with prospective writers in cities across Scotland to learn how to put together a non-fiction book proposal from scratch.

Each workshop will be hosted by a nature writer or industry professional including; Marchelle Farrell, winner of the 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize; Jini Reddy, author of the Wainwright Prize-shortlisted Wanderland; and Caro Clarke, literary agent and co-founder of the Nan Shepherd Prize. The workshops will each last one hour, with additional time allowed for questions at the end. The workshop leader will break down each element of a non-fiction book proposal, exploring how to create and refine them, including sample chapters, synopsis of the proposed book, chapter summary, biography and accompanying material. These elements are the main requirements to submit to an agent or publisher in the UK so, while the theme will be centred on the Nan Prize, the lessons taken from the workshops will be applicable to any non-fiction book proposal.

To allow time for the workshop attendees to put their proposals together after the workshops, the Nan Shepherd Prize’s submission window has also been extended from 31st July to August 25th.

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