Mental fitness: using fiction writing to exercise the mind
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
'Mental Fitness' will provide attendees with fiction writing exercises to help deal with the all too present mental health issues of daily life. The session will be lead by Playwright and Actor Christopher York. We will arm participants with creative methods of unpacking daily demons without any pressure. Inspired by Pixar's model of using story-telling to answer bigger questions, the session will be relaxed and an escape from the monotony and claustrophobia of the last 18 months.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels, and is aimed at those interested in using creative methods to explore their wellbeing. A good understanding of written and spoken English is essential. Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This workshop will be taught in-person at City Lit, Keeley street through tutor presentation, group discussion and participation in creative writing excercises.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Participants should bring a pen/pencil, and a notebook or paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This workshop is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners. The Mental Wealth Festival is a week of events which celebrate and promote activities, projects, ideas and tools which restore, support and enhance positive mental health. The Festival aims to highlight the way mental health issues impact on so many aspects of daily life, and how the arts, politics, culture, faith and the media can support our ‘mental wealth’. We bring together professionals and key stakeholders to discuss mental health issues, providing a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues. For more information visit our Mental Wealth Festival Don’t forget to follow us on social media and we’d love to see your Mental Wealth Festival photos so please tag us using #MentalWealth2021.
Christopher York is a professional playwright and actor. His play 'Build a Rocket' premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2018 theatre and won The Holden Street Award as well as being The Stage's 'Best New British Play of the Year'. Last year his adaptation of The Pit and the Pendulum played in Oxford and The Omnibus Theatre; “Powerhouse of a production” - The Upcoming. “A masterpiece… Written and directed exquisitely” - London Theatre Reviews. Christopher trained at Mountview Academy and is a graduate of The University of York. He is a guest lecturer at Syracuse University in verse-speaking and a part-time member of Scarborough 6thForm College's theatre department. He has worked for eight years as a creative writing tutor in London, focusing on unlocking artistic inhibitions in his students. As well as teaching at Fordham University, Sir George Monoux College and The American School in London, as an actor he has worked for HBO, Film Four, BBC Radio, Sky Arts, Soho Theatre and The Old Vic. Christopher is the recipient of High Tide's First Commission Award and was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12.
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.