Thursday, 7 June 2012

Falmouth Life Writing Course

From University College Falmouth:

Turn your life or your family’s history into a compelling story this summer

The genealogy and family history markets are booming. A proliferation of television programmes like Who Do You Think You Are, Heir Hunters, Find My Past and Long Lost Family and online genealogy services like, and Genes Reunited - with millions of active members – there is a keen interest in discovering family history and personal life stories.

University College Falmouth’s intensive five-day Life Writing course will introduce you to ways of drawing on life experiences and how to write - whether you would like to write a story about your family history, your own life experiences, a biography or are considering ghost writing, telling someone else’s life story.

If you’ve spent time tracing your family’s history and uncovering mysteries, secrets, laugh-out-loud moments, joys, tragedies, heroism or simple tales of everyday life from the past…you can turn painstaking research into a book for the public and your family to enjoy.

If you’ve led a fascinating life that can inspiration for others or just a jolly good yarn, this course can help you shape the narrative.

Whether you want to write a family blog, a book, a scrapbook memoir or a simple document to pass among your relatives, this course will work for you.

The course will show you how to:
  • Learn techniques to recover memory of past events
  • Take part in exercises to inspire creativity
  • Learn how to create a sense of time and place
  • Practice writing believable dialogue
  • Gain insight into the peculiar relationship between truth and fiction
  • Look at examples of dynamic writing in published memoirs
  • Write short pieces that are shared with the group in a mutually supportive environment
  • Explore the ethics of writing down personal stories
  • Learn how to draw from out of their stories the elements that will make them compelling to a wider audience 
  • Gain the confidence to continue writing

You don’t have to have to be an experienced writer. Falmouth’s Life Writing short course is designed to be appropriate for all levels of education and writing abilities. The course will be taught as a series of hands-on workshops, with students given individual and group assignments encouraging them to practise the skills introduced. It is led by experienced life writing tutor, award-winning radio, TV and stage writer and producer Paul Dodgson, who has successfully taught several short courses at Falmouth.

Fee: £400 per person.

Dates: The course will take place over five days, 23-27 July 2012

Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Venue: University Collerge Falmouth, Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall

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