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Write to Work is a course that helps unemployed learners explore a diverse range of writing skills, help you get a job or explore further education or vocational training.
Stephanie Gavan, a previous participant on Write to Work is now embarking on a MA at The Royal College of Art:
'The MA is a 15-month programme that combines workshop models of learning with outward-facing projects in collaboration with arts organizations. It was originally named 'Critical Writing in Art & Design', but it has since become simply 'MA Writing', to encourage more of a multidisciplinary approach. It's quite a particular course, being within an art school, and treats writing as an artistic practice in and of itself, with lots of scope for experimentation.
When I applied to Write to Work I'd just moved back to the UK after working away for 3 years. Going to the class every week gave me a sense of purpose at a time when I felt otherwise directionless. I knew I wanted to write but doubted my ability and didn't know where to begin. Having assignments and deadlines was useful in pushing me to make a start and become accountable. Through the course, I was able to build up a small body of work which formed the basis of my application portfolio. It gave me the opportunity to form professional relationships with the visiting writers and editors, who have continued to support me by offering feedback and publishing my work (Double Negative, Corridor8). The consistent encouragement from the Write to Work group and the project leaders Ciaran and Lauren gave me permission to take my writing seriously, which was incredibly validating. For me the course acted as a catalyst, giving me the tools and confidence to push myself and seek new opportunities. These efforts have culminated over the past year to put me in the position I am today, and I'm really grateful to Writing on the Wall for providing me with that initial step.'
Write to Work helps increase your confidence and strengthen your writing abilities with weekly sessions ran by published writers and industry professionals, all offering their personal insights and tips for success. At the end of the programme your work will be presented with a beautiful anthology which will be launched at a public event.
Have you ever wondered how to write for social media or create a successful blog? What about learning to write for the gaming industry or becoming freelance? How do you get into radio or music journalism when you feel you may not have the relevant qualifications? Write to Work is not just your regular writing course and offers support with all of this and more.
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Write for Work is all about broadening writing skills for those who are currently in work. Writing on the Wall have currently worked with Unite the Union Learning Fund and TUC on expanding this course.
The programme employs professional writers to deliver sessions on their specific skills, employment backgrounds and essential ideas and tips for future progression. However, the course would be aimed at working professionals, in particular project managers, and so would begin and end with a writing residential. This innovative approach will allow the participants to move away from workplace constraints putting creativity and groupwork at the centre of their learning.
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