Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences

Prince, Heather (2014) Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences. In: 2013 Adventure Conference, 21-23 May 2013, Isle of Skye, UK.

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Abstract

Nature and landscape writing includes creative writing about wild places. However, most authors have a literary background and are not outdoor ‘educators’. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, the reasons suggested are a lack of framing of outdoor experiences for this intent, the need for learning the skills of interpretation and lexicon and the offer of prolonged, powerful experiences and time for creative thinking and responses, such as an extended solo. It is suggested that outdoor educators may be too busy ‘experiencing’ to write, that they do not go ‘slow’ enough or that they are encapsulated in the ‘edginess of existence’ through adventure and just pass through their surroundings rather than connect with them. Outdoor educators have much to offer as they experience metaphorical or literal journeys comprising ‘flow’ rather than episodic encounter through lived experience to create rich embodied stories with ideological and social aspects so often overlooked in narrative.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 2nd International Adventure Conference: Being there: slow, fast, traditional, wild, urban, natural...
Publisher: The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research
ISBN: 9780992971403
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 14:03
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 06:27
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1561

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