The EACWP in Turin

From the 21st. to the 24th of September, Scuola Holden became the common set for performing two of our most important EACWP events: our annual symposium and our biennial International Pedagogical Conference

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The EACWP XII symposium and the III International Pedagogical Conference set out the ocassion to gather around our associated members as well as more than 40 participants from all around Europe in Turin this past September, 2016. Our annual symposium scheduled among its main activities the election of the new board. President Javier Sagarna (Spain) was re-elected for the next 2016-2019 period, in which he will be upheld by a team of eight members, reinforcing the diversity and variety of Europe: Harriet Nachtmann (Austria), Frank Tazelaar (The Netherlands), Gale Burns (UK), Ana Guerberof (Spain), Louise Muller (France), Risto Niemi-Pynttäri (Finland), Erik Vanhee (Belgium) and Simone Fenoil (Italy).

turin-2Additionally, on-going projects were evaluated and restructured according to the new needs and strategic priorities of the association. In this sense, three fundamental initiatives will be strenghtened and developed in the upcoming year.

  • The Teachers’ Interchange Program: teachers from all over Europe travel around to schools and universities to impart their courses to other European students.
  • The Teachers Training Course: a selection of teachers from different universities and schools in Europe share their tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches with both emerging Creative Writing teachers and teachers seeking to widen their teaching perspectives and skills. The course will be officially accredited by the EACWP.
  • Creative Writing Summer Camp: students from all over Europe and overseas join together for a one week course imparted by a group of European teachers in a multicultural and multilingual context. The course will be officially accredited by the EACWP.

Ultimately, the hosting cities for both our XIII symposium and for our IV International Pedagogical Conference were unamimously agreed: Vienna (2017) and Brussels (2018), respectively.

Our biennial conference

turin-3Performed in Paris (2012) and Orivesi (2014) in its previous editions, our III International Pedagogical Conference celebrated in Turin (2016) set out an innovative format that aimed for new experimental paths such as short tracks, open mics and taster sessions complementary to the traditional long-play workshops, lectures and round tables. The participants attending the event were minded to bring into light and share new  pedagogical approaches, projects and initiatives.

What stortytelling means, what are the roots of our stories in Europe, what is our European identity in terms of creative writing teaching and why it seems as though the creation of European common tales has vanished in the last century were some of the topics that encouraged the proposals and discussions of our European colleagues.

Standing in the reburbished auditorium that sheltered a military arsenal during World War II, Mattia Garofalo, teh speaker in charge of the introductory session of the conference said: “We are glad that this place where soldiers used to build their weapons is now where our students build their stories.” Indeed, Holden’s classrooms were not only the meeting and melting pot for both our XII symposium and III International Pedagogical Conference, but also the trench for us to continue dreaming seriously.