3 Week Course: Creative Writing – Sculpting Words

Wednesdays, 20 and 27 November, 4 December 2019
6.30 – 9.00pm

This three-week creative writing course, led by Ellen Wiles, is inspired by Act II: The Island an exhibition of work by Christodoulos Panayiotou, whose conceptual and poetic practice encompasses a range of media including sculpture, painting, photography, architectural interventions and installation. Participants will explore resonant themes from the exhibition through the sculpting of literary forms including poetry, lyric prose and short stories. We will delve into hidden stories, subversive architectures and performance marginalia in response to the works on display. A curated series of linked texts will provide further inspiration.

Week 1 – Uncovering hidden narratives
This week we will explore the ways in which sculpture and writing can reveal and reimagine stories and events that have been confined to history’s bottom drawer, and entangle ourselves in the realities of myth.

Week 2 – The value of outcasts and mistakes
This week we will shine a creative light on objects and actions that have been deemed worthless or erroneous, and how they might be recast into new and striking entities.

Week 3 – The marginalia of celebrity and theatricality
This week we will explore the tropes of theatrical and celebrity performance in our writing, attending to elements that tend to be neglected or left behind, and engaging with the performativity of the private creative process.

Ellen Wiles will lead this course. Ellen is a writer, literary anthropologist, critic and curator. She is the author of the novel The Invisible Crowd (HarperCollins, 2017) and the book Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015), and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. She has published poetry, short fiction and journalism in various journals and magazines including Guernica, Versopolis and Elsewhere. She has an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in literary anthropology. She teaches creative writing at QMUL and The British Library, and has taught creative writing workshops in places as diverse as the Estorick Gallery and an immigration detention centre. She is the founder of Ark, an experimental live literature project. Read more.

Additional information:

  • All materials are included.
  • Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement.
  • Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
  • Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
  • Adults’ courses are 18+ unless otherwise stated.
  • The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Please visit our access page on our website for more information on getting here, parking and facilities.

    Image: Friday, 3rd of February 1525, Installation view, galerie kamel mennour, Paris, 2018, Photo: Julie Joubert