Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 17/02/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: International House

Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.


What is the course about?

This is a friendly and hands-on introduction to creative writing. You'll be encouraged to share creative ideas and to experiment with language in prose fiction, poetry and other media. You'll gain a greater understanding of the devices and techniques used by writers, and unlock your imagination as you begin to produce work of your own.

All writing courses at City Lit welcome and support learners with dyslexia. This particular course provides a space where learners with dyslexia can work together on their creative writing to build confidence, navigate challenges, and explore strengths. The course is designed in association with City Lit's Access, Inclusion and Support department.

Please note that this course is located in a room with step access. If you have difficulties with mobility or use a wheelchair please contact us at to discuss.

What will we cover?

- Class exercises will cover a variety of approaches to different types of creative writing.
- Exercises are designed to bring out each student's individual creativity, unlock the imagination, and promote confidence.
- You'll be encouraged to share your ideas and your writing with the class.
- You will also be given the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from your peers and the tutor.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Respond to, assess and discuss pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Recognise and develop your own writing skills within a supportive and inclusive environment
- Explore various techniques used by creative writers, such as imagery, point of view, first person/third person narrative
- Begin to apply these techniques in your own writing
- Produce several pieces of creative writing in different forms such as poetry and prose.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing. It has been designed to support learners who identify as having dyslexia. You do not need to provide evidence of a diagnosis to join this course, but we recommend discussing your needs with Access, Inclusion, and Support prior to enrolment.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course takes a non-judgemental approach to exploring a variety of methods and techniques in order for you to achieve your potential. You will learn through a combination of:
- interactive tutor presentation
- class discussion and analysis of texts
- group and pair work
- games
- guided writing activities
- feedback from peers and your tutor.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet if you feel it will help you. You are also welcome to contact Access, Inclusion and Support to request further support, and we encourage you to discuss your specific needs with your tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in taking a term-long Ways into creative writing course. Or, if you would like to focus on a specific form of creative writing, we offer courses in short story writing, writing fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and more. Please feel free to contact the Writing department for advice on which course to take next!

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Tutor Biographies
Homan Yousofi

Homan Yousofi is a poet, journalist, short story writer and a member of the National Association for Writers in Education. He holds an MA in Creative writing and is a CELTA qualified (Cambridge English Language) teacher. He is engaged in a wide range of literacy and outdoor programmes for children and ethnic minority groups. Homan has written and given lectures on the important connections between creativity and early literacy development.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW071

Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 17 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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