Nothing is harder than trying to explain to people what the course 'creative writing' entails. The blank looks you get are rather amusing at times. And there has been many a time when I've thought about making up a course description ...
'Well, it involves writing in as many
fonts and designs as you possibly can. The more you do the higher your
'We explore the world, trying to find
the most creative location to write in. Mountains, caves, underwater, you name
it we do it.'
The list is endless. But once you have
finished explaining to them exactly what it is you do, the questions and
interest they take in you are also endless. It's flattering, but rather
embarrassing at times. I tend to muddle up my words when under interrogation of
this sort, possibly failing to convince my interrogators that I am indeed a creative writing
all of this rambling leads me to the point of the post. In the forthcoming Cultural Exchanges week at De Montfort University I'm going to
watch creative writing postgraduates present their work. And I'm doing it because of all those questions. Even though I'm nearly two terms through
my first year, I'm still intrigued as to where the course will lead me to over
the next few years.
What can students like me do with such skills they are taught on the course? What styles will they use, what content, what
language, what form? I'm intrigued and sure that what I hear will inspire my
own ambitions as a writer.
And maybe, just maybe, the next time someone asks me
what creative writing is all about I'll be able to tell them exactly what a
person can gain from the course - and not be tempted to invent yet more