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The Creative Mind: Why we Tell Stories

Join Cathy Lesurf at Nottingham Writers' Studio for a series of fascinating workshops.

Mon, 12 Nov 2018
6:30PM - 9:00PM
Nottingham Writers' Studio
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About this event

Every daily interaction is a story that is shaped by the person doing the telling and their listener. By learning the psychological components behind the stories we tell, we can develop techniques for developing engaging stories that mark our audience in a profound way.

Across six sessions, participants of this course will explore the connection between our impulse to create stories and our internal world, to understand the enduring power of narrative for writer and reader. Each session will be divided into three parts: tutor input, writing exercises, and sharing and discussing participants' writing.

The structure for this course is as follows:
Week 1: the significance of plot and recurring patterns of narrative (Monday 12th November)

Week 2: the power of language from the musicality of sound to the use of symbols (Monday 19th November)

Week 3: the nature of writing for writing's sake and writing for an audience (Monday 26th November)

Week 4: understanding models of personality development in order to create convincing, complex characters (Monday 3rd December)

Week 5: writing to discover yourself, and writing to create shared worlds (Monday 10th December)

Week 6: some uses of therapeutic writing (Monday 17th December)

What you will learn
By the end of this six-week course you will have learned:

1. Why stories matter to us—the development of memory, language and a sense of self;

2. How to use personal material as a springboard for creative writing;

3. Fundamental plot structure and its psychological significance;

4. How to uncover personal themes with 'first writing';

5. How to create convincing and complex characters through the exploration of personality;

6. The practice of reading aloud as an editing tool.

About Cathy Lesurf
Cathy is a private psychotherapist, counsellor, and freelance creative writing tutor, with a varied background across the creative arts.

As well as having written a children’s book and music dramas including No Way Back (BBC 2) and Mobius Twist, she has had careers as a singer-songwriter, festival director of World in 1 at Thoresby Park—a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural festival with special inclusion focus for refugee children and artists—and lecturer in media production at The University of Lincoln and Creative and Professional Writing at The University of Nottingham.

In 2016, Cathy formed Nottingham Peacebuilders, an artist-led initiative to promote social and personal change through the arts. She has just completed the first draft of her first novel.

Book your place
The price for all six sessions of this course is £108 for general admission and £72 for NWS members. For attendance to individual sessions, the price is £20 for general admission and £15 for NWS members.

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