A creative writing course inspired by art

From the Oneself As Another exhibition (7 Feb – 26 March): Paisley Boys, Cathy Lewis

From the Oneself As Another exhibition (7 Feb – 26 March): Paisley Boys, Cathy Lewis

Seeking a writing workshop with a difference? This spring the RWA gallery invite you to take part in a creative writing course run by Amy Spencer, which will encourage you to explore the exhibitions on show in “new and interesting ways.”

Drawing on themes of portraiture and identity, the course will take place in the actual gallery spaces and will involve writing exercises and group discussions aimed at helping you to develop your written work.

Amy has a PhD in cultural studies, for which she explored collaboration in new forms of digital literature.

From Actors and Artifice exhibition (5 February – 23 March) Sarah Siddons as Isabella from ‘The Tragedy of Isabella’ or ‘The Fatal Marriage’, William Hamilton, c 1785, oil on canvas, University of Bristol Theatre Collection

From Actors and Artifice exhibition (5 Feb – 23 March) Sarah Siddons as Isabella, William Hamilton.

“I’ve spent several years working within galleries to engage writers with art exhibitions,” Amy says. “I feel that there is something unique about the cross-pollination of ideas possible between visual art and creative writing. I love collaboration and this is an extension of that interest.”

She adds: “I find galleries brilliant places to go to develop ideas for my own work. Something about gallery spaces really gets my brain whirring.”

I experience something similar when attending art exhibitions, and think this sounds like it will be an incredibly inspiring and very fruitful writing course.

Amy Spencer Photo“A visit to an art gallery can give you a fresh perspective, stir up new ideas and give you space to think and daydream,” Amy says. “This course aims to give you the time and space to imagine and write.”

The creative writing course begins on Wednesday 12 February 2014. To book your place, phone 0117 973 5129 or head to the RWA and ask at the front desk.

Follow Amy @alspencer.