What is the course about?
This course is about writing but it’s more concerned with the process than the product. From when we pick up our first writing tool, we’re generally encouraged to ‘hold it properly’ and use it well and at school we learn to judge and be judged by how our writing looks and what it says. When we shift our focus to the process of writing and lose our grammar/spelling censor – when there’s no way to get it wrong – writing can really help us to re-connect with our earlier selves and our inner language. ‘Inklings’ is built around the core exercise of non-stop writing. We’ll use different prompts (such as words, sounds, colours, smells), to anchor the conscious mind which can enable thoughts and feelings on the fringes of awareness to visit the page. Please note: Writing, as the core activity for this course, should be viewed as a tool for personal development and while we may discuss written content and ideas we will not critique each others' work or cover the technical aspects of creative writing. A wide range of creative writing courses is offered by our Humanities department.
What will we cover?
We’ll cover topics such as:
- Writing to and from a series of prompts such as: an object, picture, phrase or sound
- Writing to, away from and around yourself and your memories
- Patterning and clustering
- Writing through your senses
- Monologues and dialogues including different points of view to alter perspective.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe at least three different writing exercises which can be used to explore thoughts and feelings
- Identify and describe the significance of new self awareness gained through writing
- Practise non-stop writing with increased confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone who can write by hand – at any level. You will need to be a fluent speaker of English, be able to listen and respond to others and take part in discussions but if English is not your first language you can choose to do the written exercises in another language. You'll be encouraged to share some of what you write, even if it’s only a word or a phrase and while there is never any pressure to do this, it does become an important and valued part of each group experience so please come willing to do so.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each session will include discussion (in pairs and groups) about the process of writing, accessing memory and imagination, sharing outcomes and options to develop work. You will be encouraged to practise non-stop writing between sessions and while this isn’t essential we hope you’ll want to find the time to do it.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil. We suggest:
- A new notebook – one that you can use just for this class and between sessions
- A pen or pencil which enables you to write quickly and freely.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within City Lit's Personal Development programme you may also be interested in ‘Journal writing for self discovery’ (PG612). A number of other personal development courses use writing exercises to explore different topics – check individual course outlines. The Humanities department offers many Creative Writing courses if you would like to develop your work and focus on the quality and technical aspects of writing.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details