Creative Writing at the Museum: Every Object Tells a Story

Ref: C3529141

We will use the museum as a base for our writing. There will be the opportunity to handle objects and to spend time looking at what is on show: wild-life, Egyptian culture, minerals, ceramics, glass, dinosaurs, and the idea of a museum and art gallery within the city of Bristol. Participants will be free to choose their own genre of writing and to use the chance for extended work, for example, a short story, a sequence of poems, a memoir or a a script. We will also watch and discuss other visitors to the museum and look at how the museum has become part of the life of the city of Bristol. The aims is to save some of our writing online or in a booklet, and possibly also to read/perform to others.

Course aim

This is a seven week creative writing course for beginners and practised writers in prose and poetry, using Bristol Museum and Art Gallery as stimulus for writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Open to anyone with a passion for writing.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Observe objects and displays and respond in writing
  • Control the structure of my writing within whatever genre I choose, gaining control of narrative perspective and point of view
  • Produce a piece of writing demonstrating appropriate use of language, using the concrete and particular rather than generalisations
  • Edit a piece of writing
  • Contribute to an anthology of writing from the museum

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You need your own writing materials, paper or laptop/ipad. Paper for drawing and a phone for photos would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If you can visit the museum before the start of the course, this will be useful but it is not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Other WEA writing courses.

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Creative Writing at the Museum: Every Object Tells a Story Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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