Online: Beyond Language: Creatively Writing in English as a Second Language with Sree Sen
Starts: Wed 14 Oct 2020
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members
Course Level: Beginner
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
Hosted by journalist and author Sree Sen, Beyond Language is a 6-week course for writers who have English as a second language. Whether it is journalism, blogging or general creative writing, the course will focus on ways to embrace one’s cultural identity and navigate the ways of English language writing. There will be discussions ranging from developing a habit or discipline of writing to various forms of inspiration, which can be applied to every style and format. The emphasis will be on encouraging people to write in English, within the ambit of their own cultural references.
The course aims to introduce participants to several methods of writing – including journaling, journalistic inspiration, translations, cultural contexts and reading aloud. Materials will be shared beforehand. The two-hour sessions will have discussions about overcoming writing barriers, developing discipline, accepting own cultures, followed by writing exercises. There will be open talks regarding problems participants face, question-answer sessions and listening to the work of others. The participants will be required to write during the sessions and share it with others for respectful feedback. There will also be tasks assigned for the week that will be discussed in following sessions.
The participants will learn different ways of finding inspiration to write in the English language, practical advice on how to start and continue writing, and gain confidence of merging their own native cultures with expressions in the English language.
Sree Sen is from Mumbai, India. She relocated to Ireland in 2019 to pursue an MA in Creative Writing, University College Dublin. Sree’s creative works have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, bath magg, Crossways and HeadStuff.
Sree worked as a journalist for over ten years, publishing in The Times of India, Firstpost, Hindu BusinessLine and DNA. Her journalism specialised in human interest features and social affairs, often championing the contemporary stories and causes of women in her native Mumbai, Kolkata and greater India.
Sree is currently working on her debut poetry collection Butterfly Stitches On My Sari and a detective novel Retribution.