This autumn term sees the return of the popular Exploring Writing course with Eleanor Rees, we asked Eleanor to tell us a little bit more about her course – and the creative writing process.
I’d say the course runs very much like a writers’ group, offering a supportive creative space in which to develop new projects or complete on-going work. I’ve devised the course based on the kind of experience I was looking for when I was developing my first book, and wanting to focus on that project whilst also developing my technique. As a poet form and content are, for me, interwoven so writing new work and sharing it with an appreciative and supportive group was important in understanding how different rhetoric mean different things. This is not an abstract process, but experiential and needs to be learnt through doing. This is what a writing workshop offers the emerging writer. It is also a process all writers engage in points in their writing life when developing new work. I will adapt the exercises, as much as possible, to the interests and needs of the group, also the reading we undertake. Creativity and extending imaginative range are, however, the real focus as both of these qualities are essential to developing exciting new writing. There is no magic formula for creating art. Learning to make good judgements on the writing needs of your project is, though, a key skill. I draw this conclusion based on my experience as a poet with two collections of work under my belt and also from my on-going PhD research into ‘Re-imagining the Local Poet’ with the University of Exeter which explores how context informs poetic practice. But I’d say artistic judgement and creative energy are relevant to writing in all genres and, ambitiously, I think they can be developed and honed in a similar, if different, manner to critical thought.
Creative Play: Stimulus and Support for Your Writing Project with Eleanor begins on Thursday 25 September, 7-9pm for 10 weeks – if you would like to book on this course, the details are here http://payments.liv.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=29&prodid=626
For more about Eleanor visit her website http://www.eleanorrees.info/biography