Life Writing
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About this course
We will be looking at ways we can use our life experience and family history as inspiration for writing.
What will I learn?

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Use real life experiences as inspiration to create fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • Focus your wide range of experience into manageable pieces to create engaging writing
  • Have an understanding of basic research methods and how to put your life writing into the appropriate historical and cultural context

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Ethics of life writing.  To publish, or not to publish?
  • Inspiration – events, objects, people
  • Examples of life writing
  • Collecting memories
  • Reliable and unreliable witnesses
  • Using research to fill in the gaps in your knowledge
  • Fiction vs non-fiction
  • Memoir vs biography – my story or theirs?
  • The world beyond – putting your life-writing into the wider context of history and culture
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications
Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.
Additional costs and information

There are no additional course costs.

You should bring with you something to write with and a notebook.

What could I do next?
You could enrol on any of the other courses offered in the leisure programme, full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.