This course has concessions available

Life Writing – Online

Tap into your memories, discover and value your true voice. Each class will inspire you with writing
exercises, strategies, tips and motivation to help you in your writing life.

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Who is this course for

A course to help you to tap into your memories and family stories, and to discover your true voice. Each class will inspire you with extended writing exercises, strategies, tips and motivation to help you practice and refine your life stories. This course is for everyone, from beginners up for a challenge to seasoned writers looking to energise thier work. Come with a strong desire to write and read eclectically.

What does this course cover

- Developing skills and motivation to write from real-life.
- Editing your work with more confidence.
- Giving and receiving supportive feedback.
- Appreciating the art of memoir, family memoir and biography.
- Know some outlets for publication.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions. 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.

Writing exercises: techniques, tips and strategies to practice and improve your writing and boost your confidence. We will discuss the potential problems of sharing/over-sharing real-life stories and how the fear of this might hold us back. Each week there will be opportunities to share your work on a rota basis.

Reading: we will read extracts from great memoir and fiction. Don't worry if you're not an avid reader, this is the opportunity to be exposed to an eclectic range of writing and discover new passions.

Assessment: we will workshop writing in class in a supportive way. There will be opportunities to develop your opinions and critical assessment in order to become a more confident editor.

At the end of the eight weeks we will hold a showcase where you will have the chance to share an edited piece you can be proud of and receive brief written feedback from each member of the group.

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:

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.

Bring pen and paper.
Fill your notebooks with new writing over the 8-week course and beyond.

What this course could lead to

A chance to
- Experiment or kick-start your writing practice.
- Take yourself more seriously as a writer.
- Get support to clarify your writing project.
- Generate work with a view to publishing.
- Go on to further study, either continue with life-writing at Mary Ward or try other creative writing classes and qualifications.
- Meet other students and set up independent writing groups and communities.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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.’