Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

Course Dates: 17/01/20 - 21/02/20
Time: 15:15 - 17:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.


What is the course about?

There are few activities more meaningful than reflecting on the events of our lives, those we care about and the world we live in. Whether you are journaling to create a keepsake containing your most precious moments, to improve your creative writing or simply want future generations of your family to know about your life experiences, this short course teaches a range of journaling approaches and techniques that will open new avenues of reflection in your life.

What will we cover?

- Finding your journaling purpose.
- Approaches to life writing and autobiographical writing.
- Where to find journaling inspiration, materials and images.
- The use of handlettering and typography in journals.
- Journaling prompts of an introspective nature.

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

- Develop a journaling style that works for you and your life.
- Learn about a range of journaling prompts and techniques that will enrich your journaling experience.
- Know where to find furthur journal inspiration for your life writing.

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

This is an introductory course which is open to all learners.

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

A mix of writing exercises, pair work, group work, class discussion and formal tutor modeling and instruction.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

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

You need to bring a notebook that you'd like to use as your journal. Some mixed media will be provided in classes. On some weeks, students will be given research activities for homework to inspire their writing in the next class.

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

City Lit offer a range of writing courses that encourages aspiring writers to explore their creativity.

All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit 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.


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A very enjoyable experience. We had a chance to explore interesting themes and try out and receive feedback on different approaches to writing, based on a journalling style. Great tutor who really listened to the students and inspired confidence. Thoroughly recommend.
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Review by Susanna / (Posted on 22/02/2019)
I would strongly recommend this course I have enjoyed learning all the important elements of starting my book and I'm very excited.
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Review by Natasha / (Posted on 08/02/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Julie Garton

Julie studied at the University of Essex, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Dartington College. She has written several plays for young audiences for, amongst others, the Unicorn Theatre for Children. She currently writes articles about landscape, heritage and nature. Julie won the 2014 British Czech and Slovak creative writing prize for her personal essay about the Czech Poet and dissident Ivan Blatny.

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.

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Course Code: HW546

Please choose a course date 

Fri, day, 17 Jan - 21 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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

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