So far working at the London Wildlife Trust has presented me with some really great opportunities; one of which was a short course with Guardian newspaper on creative writing. The course was taught by the education team at the Guardian headquarters in King’s Cross, where the room was set up like a mini editing floor and we received tips and advice on how to write a catchy article about conservation and the Trust’s work.
Our representative, from one of our nearby hub sites at Camley Street Natural Park, provided us with a handful of topics and information snippets that we could use to formulate a catchy story or article. The majority of the group were volunteers and were encouraged to write about their experiences at Camley Street, with the aim of encouraging people to visit the site or even volunteer themselves. However, for the handful of us from head office, we couldn’t write about our voluntary experiences, so instead we used the information given and a bit of our impressions and knowledge and wrote some very different stories. Mine was based on a project concept used at Camley Street, but hopefully being utilised elsewhere to help promote a similar concept in different boroughs around London; the idea of a Floating Forest Garden in Regent’s Canal.
After drafting our articles we received expert advice from Guardian Editors on how to write great headlines and how to open and close a story. They also provided great feedback on our efforts and explained what was good and what was bad when trying to engage public interest, so take a look at my article below from my day of being a rookie journalist for the Guardian!