Creative Writing: Psychogeography and Life Writing

Ref: C3529466

Psycho-geography: sounds funky, doesn't it? But what is it? We shall start with a study of Joris-Karl Huysman's 19th Century classic "Against Nature", an eccentric account of a man's retreat to his own bedroom to fashion a private world of perfect aesthetic taste, and then move on through a selection of contemporary cross-genre writers such as Rebecca Solnit, Alain de Botton, Pico Iyer, Olivia Laing and Robert Dessaix. As technology renders our experiences increasingly instant and uniform, it becomes more and more important that we thread our own narratives of what it means to be alive. We shall look at the way in which we travel both literally and metaphorically, how we define our identities within shifting parameters of research into our psychologies, neural wiring and spiritual quest, and how we shape narratives which cohere our own sense of personal development. You will undertake a series of life-writing tasks and need an open mind and a taste for intellectual adventure!

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to ways in which we fashion our identities through journeys of autobiographical geography and experience, and how to reflect that in our writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will need to possess a satisfactory level of writing skill.

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

  • Reflect upon my life and experiences in interesting and novel ways.
  • Develop an awareness of the contemporary writers who work in this genre.
  • Create some writing which reflects the processes of self examination.

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 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Creative Writing: Psychogeography and Life Writing


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