Collecting Words; The Art of Writing ~ Autumn Term 2013


Tutor: Nikki England
Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery- Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD
Dates: Friday 29th November 2013
Time: 9.45am -3pm
Duration:4 Sessions
FEE: £73.50(£66.15Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Course aims:
To encourage participants to explore the art of poetry, fiction and memoir writing, building creative writing confidence and skills; to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises; to discover inspiration from the Lakeside location and the David Ross Collection exhibition and to support an exploration of different genres of creative writing whilst working towards a finished piece (or collection of pieces).

Course description:
Using the artwork in the David Ross Collection exhibition as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of creative writing. Workshop activities on elements of poetry, memoir and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ creative writing, with the aim of creating a collection of finished written pieces in a variety of individual styles. (Collecting Words; Creating an Anthology of New Writing will provide the opportunity to collect these into an anthology).

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

No previous experience necessary

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

• Finding Inspiration

• Exploring different genres and styles

• Writing short fiction

• Writing memoir

• Writing poetry

• Editing your own work and critiquing the work of others.


Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used 

Group work
Individual work
Written work
Question and answer
Activity outside class time
Practical work

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

• Peer and tutor comment on written work produced during writing exercises

• Discussion during/after exercises

• Group discussions on work produced

• Individual tutor feedback verbally or via email as required
Learning outcomes:
These are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the David Ross Collection exhibition

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

3. Complete and edit a piece of written work (poetry, memoir or fiction)


Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

There is no essential reading or preparation but all reading (particularly of poetry, memoir or short stories) is desirable.


Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

Collecting Words; Creating an Anthology of New Writing

Writing courses from other educational establishments (such as Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University)

Creative writing competitions

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

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