Creative writing: Okehampton castle.
Who is this course for?
This is for those who want to have fun with history: enjoying looking at the ruins of an old castle, re-imagining its past, then turning it into fictional writing.
You will learn who lived there, and how to tackle and write about these people. Choosing one of them, you’ll write a diary and/or piece of writing: ”A Day in the Life of a soldier, a lady-in-waiting, a cook, etc.”
You will find out who visited the castle, what they ate, how they protected it against invading marauders, how they kept warm and their code of conduct, etc.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course via the online sessions. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course. You will receive feedback on your progress and suggestions as to how to improve.
Additional costs and requirements
This course is for those who can see beyond the stones and build the characters of those people who lived within its walls, protected it and lived there before the town was envisaged and built. It’s for people who like detective work.
You will be someone who is able to communicate in English: written and spoken.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone / headphones and a good internet connection, paper, pen, notebook, etc.
Additional information and resources
How will I learn?
You will be working with your tutor and other learners using an online video platform called Zoom.
During the sessions there will be set tasks and discussions with your tutor and other learners. You will work on developing your ideas around set themes. Your tutor will give feedback and will support you throughout the course.
What can I do next?
You may like to enrol on another creative writing course with Learn Devon.
You may like to join an online creative writing group or one that meets locally to you.
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what you can practice and how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.