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Post Category: Creative Writing

Below is a list of all posts in the category Creative Writing.

Practice what you preach

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Lifelong Learning Centre Creative Writing tutors, Ebba Brooks and Cath Nichols, have recently collaborated in a way that they encourage their students to do. Ebba is the managing editor of non-fiction magazine The Real Story and she recently commissioned Cath to write a piece of non-fiction that addressed the theme of ‘transitions’ for both the magazine and for a live event held during Salford’s Not Quite Light festival. Cath was nervous about doing this as the topic she wanted to highlight was her own transition from being relatively non-disabled to being disabled. Given she doesn’t...

Categories: Blogging, Creative Writing

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From community volunteer to university student

Thursday, 30 May 2019

This is a guest post from Michelle Corns, a mature student now coming to the end of her second year studying full-time on the BA Professional Studies degree at Leeds. I was a volunteer at New Wortley Community Centre, doing my stint on reception, when we received a visitor. It was Olivia from the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC), who had come to speak to us about opportunities for adult learners to progress into higher education. It’s too expensive, I’m not intelligent enough, I won’t cope with the workload, I don’t have maths, I’m too old, I won’t...

Categories: Academic Support, Achievements, Admissions, Blogging, Creative Writing, Fees, Foundation Years, Interdisciplinary Studies, Learning and Teaching, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Professional Studies, Student Experience, Student Voices, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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Living with CFS

Thursday, 13 September 2018

One of our Creative Writing tutors, Cath Nichols, was very ill last year and developed CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) with pain. Last September her second poetry collection, This Is Not A Stunt (Valley Press) was launched but she found it difficult to promote it as she was so unwell. Part of being ill in this way is the unpredictability of strength and stamina a person has. Cath's walking and concentration were badly affected and she did not want to promise to guest at a poetry gig and then have to suddenly cancel! However, she did go to Scarborough for...

Categories: Blogging, Creative Writing

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Writing creatively about disability

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

I am one of the LLC’s Creative Writing tutors. My specialist field is poetry and children’s fiction and my research interests include stories, poetry and plays that contain representations of disability. Because of my interests in disability, when I read some dodgy advice in a Christmas present – a Mslexia diary for 2015 – I wrote a polite letter of complaint to the editor. Their diary has pages of exercises, quotes from authors and writing advice. A January page recommended making characters more unusual or extreme in order to improve a dull piece of writing. This is not bad advice...

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