Creative Writing provides students with opportunities to unlock their imaginations and to help them find their own unique voice as a writer.
In this session, we look at different forms of creative writing, poetry, prose, autobiography, fan fiction, automatic writing, and even Saxon Kennings!
A typical creative writing session lasts an hour, it is a relaxed and intimate setting with a small group who support and encourage each other.
The subject of the sessions can vary from week to week or can continue for an entire term and is led by student suggestions.
We start with an introduction to the session
This is followed by a discussion and creative writing exercises.
For some of the sessions, we work in silence for a few minutes at a time then share our work at the end of it.
Students who struggle with literacy are encouraged and welcome to join the session.
Why we do Creative Writing at PiP
The creative writing session helps students with both their creativity and literacy.
It can help students to explore and access feelings which can sometimes be difficult in a safe space.
Reading aloud to each other helps students to articulate themselves but also emphasises the importance of listening to each other.
The difference we make
Creative writing can help with student’s confidence.
Regular reading aloud of your own work gives you confidence which translates into public speaking at events
Creative writing can help students explore their feelings and express things they are not normally able to articulate.
It helps with both verbal and written communication.
Students learn to work independently and equally learn how to support their peers and give positive constructive feedback.
The Box of Stars - our Creative Writing Group in action
Student Success Story
Finding your natural talent
Lydia went from being reluctant to join creative writing to having her own regular spot on Soho Radio reading poetry! She went from apprehension to finding a natural talent for writing, soon Lydia was writing poetry independently in her spare time. Finding her talent has made Lydia grow in confidence and her work is being recognized by audiences outside of PiP. As well as a staring role at our Christmas Showcase, she has also performed at our Learning Disability Week events as well as a regular slot on Soho Radio.
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