Online certificate course for writers/environmentalists/educationists interested in the genre of nature writing for children
In 2004, India introduced mandatory environmental education in schools. In the decades since then, many more children have grown up learning about environmental issues. The increasing incidence of extreme weather events, pollution and the pandemic have also brought the effects of environmental deterioration closer to the lives of children from various backgrounds. In many ways, today’s kids, cutting across social groups, are far more environmentally aware than before. Yet the availability of engaging, age-appropriate environmental literature that contextualizes environmental developments for young readers and offers them rich and diverse perspectives on nature remains limited.
The Nature Writing for Children Certificate Course is an attempt to find and cultivate new ideas and voices to promote the growth of such literature. It caters to writers, educators, environmentalists and social workers who might have a wealth of stories and possibly a pre-existing audience but do not have the guidance to transform their writing into manuscripts that can be considered for publishing.
The online certificate course will help writers with stories learn the essentials of nature writing for children and polish their writing through professional feedback. It will also offer them an opportunity to network with people who work within the intersection of childhood, literature on the environment and publishing.
The course builds on Azim Premji University’s series of talks on ‘Nature Writing for Children’ that promote books that have been published in recent times and the various writers working within this field.
The course is intended to be hands-on, focused on learning via doing. Participants will not only learn, but would also need to engage critically with environmental writing for children to understand the importance of such literature and what gives it value – in the eyes of publishers as well as readers.
On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to
- Critically engage with writing and books on the environment that cater to young readers
- Learn what makes for engaging environmental writing for children
- Fine-tune their rough drafts for possible publication
All participants need to submit a draft write-up – fiction/non-fiction/picture book in English that is based on nature. We don’t need any illustrations at this point. Translations from regional languages are also permitted. The draft write-up doesn’t have to be final or complete, but the writer’s idea should come through in it.
We also need a brief summary of the writer’s idea.
The word limit for the draft write-up is 2000 words and for the summary, it is 500 words. Your submission can have fewer words but cannot exceed the word limit.