Writing The City
As writers, escaping our routines and refreshing our senses with exposure to new delights is a
valuable tool - both for invigorating our practice and for generating material. Taking inspiration from the
wealth of museums, galleries, and public spaces within a stones throw of the South Bank, we will
be visiting a different location each week for three hours of on-the-spot writing. After a lunch break,
back at the college, you will share some of your new writing in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Suitable for all levels of writer, from the complete beginner to the more experienced.
Who is this course for
This course is suitable for all levels of writer, from the complete beginner to the more experienced. It is suitable for all kinds of creative writers - from fiction to poetry - who wish to draw inspiration from visiting new places. As writers, escaping our routines and refreshing our senses with exposure to new delights is a valuable tool - both for invigorating our practice and for generating material. Taking inspiration from the wealth of museums, galleries, and public buildings within a stone's throw of the South Bank, you will be visiting a new place each week, exploring its treasures and discovering how to use these experiences as a spring board for your own writing.
Whilst those for whom English is not a first language are welcome, a good grasp of written and spoken English is essential.
What does this course cover
For one day each week you will be treated to a mind-spa of inspiration and a workout of writing exercises. Alongside place-specific prompts designed to encourage the development of your unique author's voice will be those designed to hone your craft.
Following an initial introductory session at the college, you will be visiting a different location each week for three hours of on-the-spot writing. After a lunch break, back at the college, you will share some of your brand new writing in a supportive and constructive environment.
By the end of the course you should have developed the skills for supporting and sustaining your writing practice independently; gained an appreciation of strategies you can employ on future visits to places of interest.
You should have developed confidence in sharing your own work, and in responding constructively to the writing of others.
What will it be like
The course is designed to allow individual learning paths and to provide participants with takeaway tools for generating their own writing: you will be provided with guidelines and prompts for each week's visit, along with on-hand support and tuition, and there will also be plenty of space to generate your own responses to the weekly writing challenges.
Back in class, you will be encouraged to read from your work, and to participate in healthy and supportive feedback of each other's work.
Your progression will be assessed -
At the start: Through discussion, and your responses to tutor's questionnaire.
On the course: By sharing the weekly writing, and by observation and discussion. Guided peer feedback is encouraged alongside tutor feedback.
At the end: The tutor will provide verbal feedback, and peer discussion will be supported and encouraged.
What else do you need to buy or do
We shall be visiting venues either where entrance is free, or where free entrance has been arranged for the group. (Venues will be confirmed after the first meeting.) You will want to ensure you are wearing comfortable walking shoes. You will need a notebook for your own writing, and pens.
Handouts will be provided where necessary
What this course could lead to
Students can join other writing classes, tutor to advise
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental 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.’