What is the course about?
A day of creative games and exercises using very playful methods to start the writing process. The aim is to stimulate, challenge, energise and give you ideas for your writing.
Writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been developed by the Abbey and Criterion Theatres. Most recently, Cow (2017) showed at the Etcetera and Brazen Strap (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre. Her her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards, BBC Opening Lines and the Escalator Award. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. She is completing a Ph.D. and is Literary Manager at the Finborough.
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What will we cover?
- Generating rhymes through word games
- Oral story sharing as a starting point for writing
- Writing games to stimulate imagination and ideas
- Developing characters using parts of the body
- Using music to create imagery.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a variety of creative techniques to stimulate writing
- Adopt a playful approach to your writing that stops writers block.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For beginners and more experienced writers who want some fun and stimulation. The ability to speak and write
fluently in English is useful in order to benefit from this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
By writing pieces, and by sharing, commenting and discussing each other’s work. By using drama games, drawing, and word games to elicit writing. There will be much discussion and sharing of ideas, playing and practical writing, aimed at stimulating you and generating raw material for art and giving you ideas you might take away and develop.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pens/pencils.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Visit bildutrapagaran.info/citylittalksback for more details or if you're interested in reading your work. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology. Learn more at bildutrapagaran.info/betweenthelines. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details