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Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium

Saturday 4 July 2015, 10:30 am4:15 pm


The Poetry Society, NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education) and First Story are running a Skills Sharing Day at the University of Bolton on Saturday 4 July aimed at writers who work in primary and secondary schools and teachers with an interest in creative writing or who teach the subject.

This event provides a fantastic opportunity to come together with fellow professions to share valuable knowledge and experience. You will be able to take part in three practical, hands on prose or poetry workshops from a choice of 14 led by highly experienced writers and teachers. Topics include:

  • Story telling/listening/writing
  • Interactive storytelling
  • Creative story making
  • Rhyming comic poems
  • Performing poetry
  • Analysing text through movement
  • Using your local museum or art gallery to generate fiction
  • Celebrating LGBT histories and narratives within the London Metropolitan Archives
  • A sense of belonging and belongings
  • Engaging Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and other EAL secondary school pupils in creative writing
  • Writing prompts

For teachers of the ‘A’ level in Creative Writing, there are specific sessions focusing on the skills involved in critically reflecting on the writing process, and ways of encouraging experimentation in prose fiction.

Each workshop will include exercises and ideas you can try with young people.

Representatives from Arts Council England will also be there to offer advice on support for creative writing.

See the schedule for the day (pdf), or the full symposium programme (pdf).

Attendance at the day costs just £45 and includes lunch. Booking deadline: Friday 26 June 2015.

This event is hosted by the University of Bolton which runs a thriving BA and MA Creative Writing programme.