OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO

CREATIVE WRITING

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from primary to secondary, vocational, adult and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff as well as students and all those interested in empowering their learners for creative writing. Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

Methodology

Methodology is based on theoretical lessons and presentations of examples of good practice as well as discussions and experience comparisons. The course will focus on innovative strategies and tools to empower creative writing. Participants will have the opportunity to acquire technical and practical knowledge through a methodology based on team work, discussions and elaboration using also a method of practical exercises and hands-on activities. Some other tools used will consist of project work, simulations, laboratory practice, reflection and evaluation.

Outcomes
  • Broadening perceptions of how to develop students’ creativity.

  • Understanding the importance of developing students' confidence and providing an open atmosphere as essential means of fostering creativity.

  • Overcoming existing barriers for improvement of creative writing skills of all learners.

  • Increasing participants’ awareness of the impact of creative writing on development of learners' intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

  • Encouraging the use of innovative strategies and tools to promote creative writing.

  • Promoting games, simulations and role-play as tools for encouraging participation in writing activities.

  • Improving the participants’ ability to use game-based activities and engaging approaches to develop creativity.

  • Providing and exercising creative ideas and practical resources for creative writing.

  • Introducing ICT tools which can support creative writing.

  • Developing communication, collaboration, presentation, problem solving, negotiation, critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Improving English fluency (official language of the course).

  • Enhancing intercultural cognition.

  • Sharing experiences of creative writing strategies from different countries in order to help each of us to be more effective in our work.

  • Joining the online collaboration platform for preparation, dissemination and networking in order to develop future partnerships and projects.

  • Strengthening the European collaboration among people using creative writing strategies in different educational context.

  • Providing insights into different education systems.

Preparation

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation will be presented on the first day of the course to facilitate networking opportunities. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

Follow up

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.
5 days programme (20 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Psychology of creativity 

  • Barriers to creative writing and how to overcome them

  • Games, simulations and role-play as tools for encouraging participation in writing activities.

  • Practical workshop on creative writing

  • Online tools for collaboration in creative writing projects, eTwinning, School Education Gateway

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Networking activities

  • City tour and/or a cultural trip

  • Cultural evening

  • Teambuilding

10 days programme (40 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday + Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Psychology of creativity
  • Barriers to creative writing and how to overcome them

  • Games, simulations and role-play as tools for encouraging participation in writing activities.

  • Practical workshop on creative writing

  • Introduction to storytelling and narrative building as a teaching and learning style

  • Practical workshop on digital storytelling and narrative building

  • Practical workshop on  creating interactive digital storytelling scenarios

  • Online tools for collaboration in creative writing projects, eTwinning, School Education Gateway

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Networking activities

  • City tour and/or a cultural trip

  • Cultural evening

  • Teambuilding

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request.

COURSE FEE

The course fee includes tuition and materials for the course sessions as well as the cultural and social programme. Please check the course fee for each specific course session below.

SUBSISTENCE

In some destinations participants are responsible to organize their accommodation and meals while in others we have set arrangements with hotels or campuses. Please check for a specific course session.

REGISTRATION

You can submit a non-biding registration and we will reserve a place for you until you are ready to confirm your participation. cancellations are free until you pay the course fee.

Coming up first:

31.08. - 04.09.2020

Larissa, Greece

More dates

Date

Place

Larissa, Greece

Barcelona, Spain

Valletta, Malta

Fee

10 days / 700 €

5 days / 350 €

Subsistence

To be announced

People

max 20

Coming up first:

10.05. - 14.05.2021

Amsterdam, Netherlands

More dates

Date

Place

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Copenhagen, Denmark

Fee

10 days / 840 €

5 days / 420 €

Subsistence

To be announce

People

max 20

CONTACT

Address: Achileios 23, 41335 Larissa, Greece

Tel: +30 693 955 4031

PIC number: 900789337

Organization ID: E10049405

Privacy policy

© 2019 by InterAct