Writing journeys – in collaboration with the British Museum
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: BMHW002
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
“Pilgrims were people wondering, wondering. Whom shall I meet now?” Anne Carson, The Anthropology of Water
It is on the pilgrimage to visit Thomas Becket’s shrine that Chaucer’s 24 characters each get to tell their story in The Canterbury Tales. Throughout literature, from Homer to Jack Kerouac to Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, we see journeys and travel used to explore much more than physical movement across land. This short online course aims to stimulate writers to consider the role of journeys in their own writing. In guided in-class exercises, participants will be asked to reflect on their own physical, spiritual and creative journeys and what it means to both wander and wonder in fiction and non-fiction.
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?
- What makes a journey?
- The importance (or not) of a destination.
- Building imagery around a journey.
- Metaphorical and structural uses of journeys within story.
- Reflections on the writing process as its own journey.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write a short piece of prose about a journey you’ve experienced
- Analyse how other writers have approached the topic of travel
- Give and receive constructive feedback on written work.
Natasha Bell is a novelist and creative nonfiction writer. She holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and is studying towards a PhD in autofiction. Her novels His Perfect Wife and This Nowhere Place are available from Penguin, and she's published articles and stories in a variety of magazines and journals. She also works as a manuscript editor and mentor for Jericho Writers and The Riff Raff.
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.