Hidden Themes; the Art of Creative Writing ~ Summer 2014


Tutor: Nikki England
Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery- Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD
Dates: 16th May -13th June 2014 
Time: 9.45am -3pm
Duration:4 Sessions
FEE: £73.50(£66.15 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Essential materials

None, although a hard-backed notebook for writing exercises on-the-go may be useful.

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

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 Permindar Kaur’s Hiding Out exhibition and to explore ideas around artistic interpretations of personal themes.

Course description:

Using the artwork in the Hiding Out 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. Particular emphasis will be placed on exploring ways of expressing underlying themes within a piece. Course dates will be, 16th and 23rd May and 6th and 13th June with a week off on 30th May for half-term.

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

No previous experience necessary

Course content:

what topics will the course cover?

• Finding Inspiration

• Writing short fiction

• Writing memoir

• Writing poetry

• Underlying themes

• 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 Hiding Out 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:

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 ckeep@wea.org.uk

3 thoughts on “Hidden Themes; the Art of Creative Writing ~ Summer 2014

  1. I would like to know if there are any new courses re beginners creative writing, planned for Sept/Oct of this year please as I have missed the boat for your May/June sessions. I am able to travel into Nottingham or attend at The Lakeside.

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