Writing about nature

Advice for aspiring nature writers: what does it mean to write about nature, place and the environment?

Today we are sharing some advice for aspiring nature writers. What does it mean to write about nature, place and the environment?

Lots of books which can be described as ‘nature writing’ are works of hybrid non-fiction – they build layers and do more than one thing, using nature as a lens to explore other themes or aspects of life. We love books which combine different landscapes, ideas and personal narratives.

Nature writing should connect in some way with the natural world. You can write about nature in non-fiction or in fiction, but, in some way, demonstrate your awareness, your noticing, how attuned you are, how you pay attention to the world around you.


We asked some literary agents: What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring nature writer? Here’s what they had to say.