Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW115
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.