I guess he's changed his mind about the fact most creative writing courses are hocus. Ooooooh I forgot, the difference is in that word "creative". You can do all the same kinds of things, but you must call them "right brain" activities.
Right brain = creative? Left brain = logical reasoning? This, though, is the pseudoscience of the 1960's. As psychologist Brad Fowell of Vanderbilt University puts it:
In the scientific community, the popular idea that creativity exists in the right side of the brain is thought to be ridiculous, because you need both hemispheres of your brain to make novel associations and to perform other creative tasks.Of course, his course will not be like the one I'm running. He makes this clear in his blurb:
This is not a 'rudimentary course' for 'beginners'. This is for those serious about their writing. This programme is designed to make real writers out of you. It is not one of those 'creative writing course' where no writing happens after the course.Well there you are! Success guaranteed! How can I compete? I certainly haven't had anyone from my courses create the Malaysian War and Peace. Yet.
But I hope I've given my participants enough of a starting point from which their writing can develop, and more importantly, the confidence in their own voice.
Had the final session with MPH Tuesday night group this week. (Quite emotional, because this was everyone's opportunity to present their written work, and each person had crafted a piece which had personal significance for them.) And am still running the course in conjunction with the British Council on Thursday nights.
Will run the beginners course (Getting Started) again in June and plan new courses for September as well as a creative reading course.
Meanwhile am trying to find other venues for my course ... does anyone know a space that has the right kind of touchy-feely vibes (preferably that I can use for a daytime course), yet is no too expensive?