Cathartic Expression or Artistic Output? The Art of Creative Writing ~ Autumn Term 2013


Tutor: Nikki England
Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD
Dates: Friday 20th September 2013
Time 10am -3pm
Duration:4 Sessions
£70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Course blurb:
Using the artwork in the Art and the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry exhibition as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of writing. Workshop activities on elements of memoir and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ creative writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the reader – are we writing for an audience or for ourselves? Is it cathartic expression or artistic output?

If this is your first WEA course this year, please read the Learning Agreement on the back of your enrolment form. If you have already attended a WEA course this year, you will have already accepted a Learning Agreement. This applies to all the courses you take this year. You should retain the tear off copy of the agreement.

Course aims
• to encourage participants to explore the art of fiction and memoir writing, building creative writing confidence and skills

• to discover inspiration from the Lakeside location and the Art in the Asylum exhibition

• to explore the difference between personal/therapeutic writing and writing for an audience

Topics to be covered • Finding Inspiration

• Character Development

• Location/Setting

• Plot – action and resolution

• Writing memoir

• Therapeutic writing verses writing for an audience
Learning outcomes

As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:

• Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the Art in the Asylum exhibition

• Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this

• Explain the difference between therapeutic writing and writing for an audience

Teaching/learning methods • Exercises in specific writing tasks

• Tutor input

• Learner input

• Discussion and comment

• Read through

• Writing tasks set as ‘homework’ as negotiated and agreed with individual learners

• One-to-one or email tutorials as required

Assessment methods
• Written work produced during writing exercises

• Observation and discussion during/after exercises

• Comments concerning own work

• Comments concerning others’ work

• Written work produced by end of course

Previous learning required No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment
None, although a hard-backed notebook for writing exercises on-the-go may be useful.

There may be some background reading tasks set as ‘homework’, as agreed with learners

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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