25 June, 2009

What's a Creative Writing course like?

Every Tuesday morning is Creative Writing morning at the Museum. If you're thinking of coming along: do come along. They're friendly, stimulating -- and run by a man who's written for the BBC.

On Monday, Ben Haller -- he's written for the BBC, ITV, NBC and HBO -- and Learning Interpreter Beth Hughes head downstairs to Insight and burrow into boxes full of old photographs from our archive. They're looking for pictures on a selected theme: last week it was 'magic realism' (for which they chose from the superb Hammer Horror collection of on-set and in-film photos); this week it was 'dialogue'.

Cut to Tuesday, and the Creative Writing course day itself. The pictures were popped in display cases, and the writing circle -- which numbered twelve or so this week -- got to gaze at them, chat about them, make notes, and use them as inspiration for a piece of creative writing.

There was plenty of discussion and friendly chat during the ten minutes I sat in on the circle, and it's obvious that Ben -- who's won't tell me which programmes he's written for, for fear he'll have to kill me due to "contractual obligations" -- has a brain brimming with knowledge and tips.

It's a cosy, supportive environment. And it's going so well that the group have created their own website to share and discuss stories and ideas.


Creative writing ideas said...

Sound pretty good.
Someone who has written for BBC means, he should of high caliber :)
People dream going there, and die still dreaming!

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