Inklings: Write Your Self – Online

Writing is a powerful way to explore feelings and connect to our quieter parts. Inklings uses a range of exercises to help you witness yourself, your memories, relationships and hidden hopes. Come and be surprised by what you have to say for yourself. No writing experience required.

Who is this course for

If you enjoy writing you'll like Inklings - a course designed for learners who want to understand themselves better and are curious to explore self dialogue through writing. The emphasis is on the writing process rather than the product and will suit a wide range of people such as creative writers looking to loosen blocks or counselling students wanting to develop their self awareness and journal writing. If you are interested in what you have to say for yourself, this course will offer you the permission to write freely.
You will be encouraged to share some of what you write, even if it's only a word or a phrase - there's no pressure to do this but sharing becomes an important & valued part of each group experience so please come willing to do so.
The course is open to anyone who can write by hand, at any level. You need to be able to listen & respond to others and take part in discussions but if English isn't your first language you can do the written activities in any language.

What does this course cover

'Inklings' is a cross between creative and therapeutic writing. Courses are built around the core practice of 'non-stop' writing to encourage creativity and bypass internal editors and censors.
We will use different prompts (such as words, sounds, colours, smells) to enable thoughts and feelings, on the fringe of awareness, to visit the page.
Non-stop writing exercises cover topics such as:
Writing to & from a series of prompts such as an object, picture or sound
Writing to, away from & around, your self and your memories
Writing through your senses
Poems as prompts
Monologues & dialogues, different points of view to alter perspective.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Describe at least 3 different writing exercises used to explore thoughts & feelings.
2. Identify & describe the significance of new self awareness gained through writing.
3. Practise non-stop writing with increased confidence.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

Non-stop writing is the core activity and much of the learning comes from paying attention to the creative process and how we feel before, during and after writing.

Each session includes check in & feedback on homework, one or more writing exercises or activities, discussion (pairs & groups) about the process of writing, accessing memory and imagination, sharing outcomes and options to develop work.
Written output can be shaped into pieces for sharing within the group supported by peer discus-sions to explore similarities and differences. Beyond the course, students are invited to submit some of their written pieces for a class booklet to honour their work.
Students assess their own progress through self reflection and discussion with tutor and peers, the emphasis being on personal discovery and development rather than written merit or writing technique.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

https://zoom.us/support/download

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Please bring:
a new notebook, (minimum A5 size), to use for this class & between sessions and a pen/pencil which enables you to write quickly & freely.
You are encouraged to practise non-stop writing between sessions through set homework - it's not compulsory but most students find they want to make time for this. Homework tasks can usually be done in minutes rather than hours: 'little and often' being the desired aim but you're welcome to take this further if you have more time.

What this course could lead to

Many students get the 'writing bug' during the course and want to continue a daily or frequent writing habit. After the introduction you can progress to a follow-on course, Inklings: Stepping Stones, Inklings Echoes and Voices or the Inklings Writing group.
You can also repeat the various Inklings courses at any time since writing output constantly changes and each group experience is different even though the structure and content may be similar. This course is a useful prelude or companion to counselling training, personal development and other creative writing courses.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’