NEW: Feminist Writing

This course will explore creative writing from a
feminist position; particularly identities, genres
and contexts. We will be looking at a variety of
contemporary and historic texts in order to shape
and develop our own writing. For beginners and
experienced writers.

Who is this course for

This course is for those interested in creative writing from a feminist position. Students do not have to have previous knowledge or experience, only lots of enthusiasm to write, read and share.
For beginners and experienced writers. The course tutor, Caroline Smith is currently Writer in residence at the Feminst Library.

What does this course cover

We will be writing creatively in each session but students do not have to read their own work to others; we will be working as a big group, and in smaller groups and there will be some time for one-to-one feedback.

We will be exploring particular identities, genres and contexts from a feminist position. We will be looking at a variety of contemporary and historic texts in order to shape and develop our own writing.

By the end of the course, students will have a small creative portfolio of written work. Students will have an understanding of a feminist writing context.

What will it be like

The tutor will set out the session's theme at the beginning by giving a presentation on an aspect of feminism and writing. The sessions will then comprise plenty of writing (that students do not need to read out!), group and small group discussions on a particular historical text or story. There will time set aside for one-to-one feedback to assess individual student progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

A notepad and pen (rather than typing onto a laptop). Students could bring a piece of their own creative writing to the first session, though this is not necessary.

There will be one assignment set per session. This assignment will take around two hours of time during the week. It is not compulsory, but fully committing to the assignments help the student progress and get more from the course. It is also helpful if students keep a journal during the course.

What this course could lead to

The course can lead to other creative writing classes at Mary Ward Centre. The course can lead to an independent writing practice and lead to the formation of an independent feminist writing group.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact Mandy Yu, the course administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’