Writing from Life

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to explore your own personal narrative? Perhaps you want to narrate your own life experiences, record family history or explore self awareness through writing.

Course Content

Session 1.
The beginning of the journey: Introductions, expectations and ways of working
• Set guidelines for the course including how to practice self care
• Share reasons for being on the course
• Go over course aims and objectives
• Discuss why and what we want to write
• Introduction to journaling

Session 2.
Haiku and Mindfulness: Writing from nature
• Look at links between mindfulness and writing
• Discuss examples of nature writing
• Look at Haiku
• Use mindfulness and nature as inspiration for writing own Haikus.

Session 3.
Writing from the senses
• Try creative writing exercises that use our senses as a starting point for inspiration- including writing from touch, sound and taste
• Start exploring own personal memories as material for writing
• Explore poetic forms

Session 4.
Exploring self: Identity and personal narrative
• Explore what makes us unique; identify stories from our own lives, people we know, or our ancestors.
• Consider how where and who we come from affects our perspective and our writer’s voice

Session 5.
Intention/ Audience
• How do we want to tell our story, is the story of our own life, another’s or about parts of life itself?
• Consider audience- whether writing solely for ourselves, family, or a wider audience
• Share and get feedback on ideas, and aims for our story.

Session 6.
Life chapters: Themes and perspective
• Start looking at how to split our story into chapters
• Consider any turning points and themes

Session 7.
Character and story structure
• Consider traditional story structure
• Explore characters via exercises, looking at fiction and people from our own life
• Bring in work for last week’s session on chapters and consider the best way to structure these.

Session 8.
• Look at our own writer voice
• Explore written and audio examples
• Explore metaphor

Session 9.
Research: Facts and fiction
• Explore responsibility and poetic license
• Discuss editing and the thin line between fact and fiction

Session 10.
Endings and sharings
• A sessions to reflect on what we have learnt and written
• Explore writing collaboratively in an exercise
• Share and get feedback on work produced during the course.
• Discuss what next for our learning and our writing.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

reasonable level of English language (GCSE or equivalent) is required.

First Class Requirements

Pen, paper, your personal memories and an enthusiasm for writing.

Attendance Requirements

Your writing will benefit from regular attendance.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment but you will have the opportunity to share your work for feedback from the tutor and other class members

Further Study Options

RACC has a number of Creative Writing courses and workshops.

Additional Information

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

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