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MA Travel and Nature Writing - Bath Spa Uni

Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and begin to make a living as a travel or nature writer?

Then the Bath Spa MA in Travel and Nature Writing is for you!

· For any writer inspired by places, people and wildlife, who wants to reach a wider audience.

· Based on actual experiences in the field, including encounters with places, people and wildlife.

· Provides context of the history, background and genres of travel and nature writing.

· Focuses on getting your writing published in a wide range of media.

This Master's degree focuses on learning to write from your own experience in the field. You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques, learn from established writers, and examine the history, context and genres of travel and nature writing.

By meeting practitioners – writers, editors, agents and publishers – you’ll also gain a unique insight into the professional skills you require to get your writing published.

This unique, low-residency, course allows you to be based wherever you wish – in the UK or worldwide – so you can pursue your academic work while maintaining your current lifestyle. It can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two. Students attend three week-long residentials over the one or two years, which take place in October, February-March and June-July. They also take part in a Self-organised Trip in the Easter Holidays of their first year.

Students have a good track record in getting their work published: last year one student was awarded the Telegraph’s ‘Just Back’ Best of the Year, while two others have been shortlisted for the 2019 Bradt ‘New Travel Writer of the Year’ competition. Several students are in negotiation with agents and publishers with their book ideas.

Teaching Staff


Stephen Moss

STEPHEN MOSS is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers, and Course Leader in the MA Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University, where he is doing a PhD on ‘New Nature Writing’. His many TV credits include the BAFTA award-winning Springwatch, Birds Britanniaand Birding with Bill Oddie, while his books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Wild Kingdom,The Robin: A Biographyand Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names. He was one of the founders of A Focus on Nature.

GAIL SIMMONS is an experienced travel journalist, blogger and radio broadcaster, specialising in the Middle East. She writes for many national newspapers and magazines, including the Observer, Guardian, Telegraph and Sunday Times, and international publications such as TIME Magazine, CNN Traveller and Al-Jazeera English. She hasbroadcast on the BBC’s Excess Baggageand From Our Own Correspondent. Her new book, A Country of Larks, was published by Bradt in Spring 2019.

https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-travel-and-nature-writing/

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year, starting this September. For more information, please contact STEPHEN MOSS, on: s.moss@bathspa.ac.uk