OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO

CREATIVE WRITING

11. Overcoming Barriers to Creative Writ
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.

  • 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 (25 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

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Teambuilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

10 days programme (50 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

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Teambuilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request. Please note that we have a paperless policy and all the documents will be delivered in digital form.

COURSE FEE

The course fee is 80 € per day. It includes tuition and materials, cultural and social programme, support in preparation and all the administrative work. There are no additional costs or hidden fees. After registration, you will receive a pro-forma invoice which you will have to pay by bank transaction. You will receive the invoice after you attend the course.

SUBSISTENCE

The course fee doesn't include accommodation and meals and participants are responsible to organize them on their own. In some locations we might be able to recommend or organize subsistence for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire about any specific location.

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.