This is the third year that First Story will be collaborating with the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education to help educators share the power of creative writing.
Up to five places are available on the Institute’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing course commencing October 2021. Each bursary is worth £2,100 toward the cost of the part-time, one year course.
We met First Story and realised we had a very similar ethos. We’re both trying to encourage those who might not see themselves as writers or readers to develop their skills and creative spirit. We both want to foster inclusivity and broaden opportunities for a more diverse range of people, so the partnership makes good sense.Dr Midge Gillies, Joint Course Director and Academic Director at ICE
The scheme is intended for teachers of creative writing who work in disadvantaged communities and is open to teachers, librarians, or writers who work in state-funded or non-profit organisations—schools, public libraries, local authorities, health or prison services.
The qualification, which covers the philosophy, history and methodology of teaching creative writing, will equip you to design a creative-writing course suitable for your teaching context. You’ll also explore techniques for providing constructive feedback. According to Dr Gillies, “It’s a great opportunity to keep up with trends such as decolonising the reading list and being aware of texts that could be inspiring for a more diverse classroom.”
I count myself as very lucky to have had this amazing opportunity to develop my skills and confidence. I have learnt that I am able to achieve a great deal when I step outside of my comfort zone.Angela Andrew, Bursary Winner in 2019 and First Story Lead Teacher at Haven High Academy in Boston, Lincolnshire.
All bursary applications must be made by 7th June 2021. Find out more about the course and how to apply for the bursary at the Institute’s website.