A course using weekly prompts and exercises to facilitate writing in various genres
Who is the course aimed at?
Writers who want to begin or pick up their creative writing.
Course description in brief
These workshops are about you and your writing. Whatever your writing experience, sometimes it’s good to get a prompt, a push in the right direction to get your pen moving and get away from the blank page. These workshops are for writers with various levels of experience, some of you will have taken part in these or other workshops before and some will have no experience of workshops or creative writing courses.
By the end of the course I will have learned:
- To use writing prompts and exercises for your own writing.
Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?
What equipment will I need for the course?
A PEN AND PAPER
What materials will I need for the course?
What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?
Each session will take the shape of:
Each session will take the shape of:
• A short warm-up exercise to get the ink flowing
• A look at and discussion about examples of the kind of writing we will be basing that session on
• A longer exercise – this might involve photographs, group exercises and free writing among others
• Further writing. This will probably be for around 20 minutes and be followed by more reading out and sharing of work done or there will be the opportunity to discuss ideas.
At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to read your work to the rest of the group. This is entirely voluntary and will be up to each person whether they do this and it might vary from week to week depending on what you have written. Some people find this beneficial whilst for others it is much too personal.
You might not end up with a finished piece (certainly within the time constraints of workshop) but you will have something you can take away and finish at a later date, perhaps during the time between workshops. The idea is to create a welcoming, supportive space in which to write. There’ll be no pressure to get a specific piece finished but hopefully you’ll end up with a portfolio of work. Below I have set out a plan for the 10 weeks. If there is something else we find we want to discuss as the weeks go by, we can add it to the plan, or change something.
What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?
YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONTUINUE WITH A PIECE OF WRITING YOU HAVE BEGUN IN THE SESION
How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?
VERBAL FEEDBACK AND A PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE COURSE
What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?
DO THE SAME COURSE AGAIN OR TRY CREATIVE WRITING STEP UP.
How will I say what I think about the course?
STUDENT FEEDBACK/SURVEYS ilpS
Available timetables for this course
Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.
|Course Ref||Hours per week||Days(s)||Time||Course Dates||Costs|
|601a||2||Friday||1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||20 Sep 2019 to 06 Dec 2019 (11 Sessions)||Full Rate £72; R Rate £24; A Rate £6|
|602a||2||Tuesday||6:00 PM – 8:00 PM||17 Sep 2019 to 10 Dec 2019 (12 Sessions)||Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6|
|602b||2||Tuesday||6:00 PM – 8:00 PM||07 Jan 2020 to 31 Mar 2020 (12 Sessions)||Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6|
|601b||2||Friday||1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||10 Jan 2020 to 03 Apr 2020 (12 Sessions)||Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6|
|602c||2||Tuesday||6:00 PM – 8:00 PM||21 Apr 2020 to 07 Jul 2020 (11 Sessions)||Full Rate £72; R Rate £24; A Rate £6|
|601c||2||Friday||1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||24 Apr 2020 to 10 Jul 2020 (11 Sessions)||Full Rate £72; R Rate £24; A Rate £6|
Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.
Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.
- ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
- ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.
For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.
Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds
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