Exploring Art and Writing

Ref: C2342622

This short course looks at how to make the most of visual elements in creative writing, by creating work inspired by pictures and images. Writers who do visual creative work, or are interested in links between visual art and the written word will find the course really useful. But any writer wishing to explore new forms of inspiration, would enjoy the course. Taught by a published writer and visual artist, the sessions are about creating atmosphere from visual stimuli.

Course aim

This short course is about links between painting, visual images, and creative writing. Taught by a published writer who also paints and exhibits her work, it encourages writers to think and create visually.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course will appeal to those wishing to experiment with creative writing - but it also may really benefit those who work in both literary and visual media.

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

  • Recognise and describe how to use a visual artwork as a source of inspiration.
  • State at least one way of adding elements from visual art - such as colour, texture, light and shade, to a piece of writing.
  • Recognise and identify links between the subject matters of visual art, and key images - and those subject matters and images as possible themes for writing.
  • Evidence editing and polishing work as you go along, in order to maximise skills learnt as a result from outcome two.
  • Explore and explain how you could use at least 1 of your own favoured pictures and images as sources of inspiration for writing.

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
  • Keep a writer's/ artist's notebook, whatever form - electronic or otherwise - this may take. Learn from your fellow students, particularly if these are visual artists describing how they use technique.

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
  • Please bring in any ideas you think will be useful, and any work you've come across which will benefit the class. Tutor happy to read longer pieces and comment on these. First five minutes of each class 'sharing time' for relevant educational/artistic opportunities.

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, writer's/artist's notebook. Please turn off mobile phones unless these are being used as a notebook, or it's an emergency.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Tutor's current books Mr Bowlly Regrets - poems, Brand New Beat - stories - both King's England Press, 2017. Forthcoming from same publisher, Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday - poems. Books, websites, and apps recommended throughout. Sharing time might also cover art exhibitions and galleries.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Some writing students progress to Higher Education whilst continuing WEA workshops, others publish and perform their work. Tutor always happy to give advice, so please ask.

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Exploring Art and Writing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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