Exciting Ways of Being Creative
'Inspire: Exciting Ways of Being Creative' is a conference hosted online by Goldsmiths' Centre for Language, Culture and Learning, on 15th and 16th April 2021, 9.30am-4.15pm.
The conference will explore through a series of dynamic online workshops and lectures how we can inspire people of all generations to be creative. It is in part a celebration of the publication of Inspire: Exciting Ways of Teaching Creative Writing (ed. Brankin, Gilbert & Sharples: 2020). You can access a free copy of this wonderful book here: https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29515/
Many of the conference speakers and workshop leaders contributed to this anthology, outlining how creative writing can be taught in motivating, meaningful and manageable ways. It should be stressed though, the focus will not only be creative writing but also other forms of creative expression: drawing, making objects, music, dance, and using virtual and actual spaces such as computer games, galleries, museums.
Creative educator and author, Niall Bourke, alumni of the MA in Creative Writing and Education (formerly named MA Writer/Teacher) will deliver an important keynote address on what it means to write and teach creatively. Other workshop leaders will cover a host of fascinating topics from experimental and interactive fiction to ‘wild writing’ and ‘creative/critical writing’. There will be plenty of breaks (and some suggested activities outlined below) for you to stay well and focused.
You will be sent a detailed outline of the conference and Teams link after you have registered for the conference nearer to the time of the event.
Thursday 15th April
9.30am-9.45am Introductions from Dr Vicky Macleroy, Dr Francis Gilbert & Carinya Sharples Creativity, digital storytelling
9.45am-10.45am Keynote speech: Niall Bourke Inspiring creative writing
10.45am-11am Break: Drink, stretch, smile.
11am-12pm Sam Holdstock Interactive Fiction
12pm-12.45pm Lunch: Eat mindfully
12.45pm-1.15pm Jake Smith Re-writing Narrative: Teaching Experimental Fiction
1.15pm-1.30pm Break: Talk a short walk
1.30pm-2pm Nicole Fersko Using photos to inspire writing
2pm-2.15pm Break: Meditate
2.15-2.45pm Gaar Adams Where — or what — is home?
2.45pm-3pm Break: Lie down
3pm-4pm Helen Moore Wild Writing
Friday 16th April 2021
9.30am-10am Mark Kirkbride Promoting Active Learning
10am-10.30am Emily Davison Using social media and fairy stories to inspire creative writing
10.30am-10.45am Break: Drink mindfully
10.45-11.15am Matilda Rostant Writing fantasy
11.15am-11.30am Break: Stretch
11.30am-12pm Gabe Troiano Forbidden
12pm-1pm Lunch: Eat mindfully
1pm-3pm Kirsty Gunn & Gail Low Creative & Critical Thinking: Imagined Spaces
3pm-3.15pm Break: Take a short walk
3.15pm-4pm Plenary What have you learnt?
4pm-4.30pm Niall Bourke book launch
Dates & times
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|15 Apr 2021||9:15am - 4:30pm|
|16 Apr 2021||9:15am - 4:30pm|
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