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Owning Narratives

Ownership over your own words
One of the really important elements of teaching Creative Writing is the ownership that participants should feel over their own narratives, their own words and their own lives. Many of you may already have experience of how it may feel to be part of a certain community, or a certain minority, or even a certain part of the country, for which it feels as though there is an imposed national narrative. People make assumptions about you, or people like you, without ever having met you. There is power, but also great difficulty, in writing back against these narratives with your own, unique stories- and also in encouraging participants in a workshop to do the same. In the coming few steps, you’ll see how one project of a Book Club aimed to push back against these harmful narratives which are often imposed, in this case on young people.

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Introduction to Teaching Creative Writing

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