Teaching Creative Writing: the EACWP IX Symposium

From the 30th of May to the 1st. of June the EACWP will celebrate its IX Symposium at the Orivesi College of Arts in Finland

After the 1st. International Pedagogical Conference held in November 2012 in Paris, the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes will gather around representatives from the sixteen different partnership schools and individual members. Additionally, the EACWP will welcome six new institutions that have joined the Association since the last meeting in Paris to date. Namely, Le Coin Bleu (Belgium), The Kingston Writing School (UK), University  of Gothenburg (Sweden), Kitabat (Lebanon) and Southern Denmark University (Denmark). “Family has grown a lot in the past months”, commented the EACWP president, Javier Sagarna. “The Symposium in Orivesi is also an occasion to celebrate these achievements and embrace the joy of becoming a big European family.”

The Symposium agenda seeks to strengthen the pedagogical cooperation in Europe throughout different workshops, working sessions, round tables and lectures. Indeed, the purpose of the meeting is to promote discussion and teaching exchange, from the various methodologies and experiences recreated in the practice of teaching in each of the countries represented in order to expand knowledge, implement innovative methods and improve the quality of learning in adults. On the same line, the Symposium looks for an European community of members, which could facilitate communication between the various European institutions, teachers and students.

The desire to orchestrate efforts from meeting and from human encounter has become one of the strongest  EACWP merits as well as fostering and consolidating an European Creative Writing culture, from the recognition of the diversity in the continent itself.

“It is a real honor for Orivesi College to welcome all the EACWP members”, mentioned Reijo Virtanen, the head of the Creative Writing department at the Finnish school and the official organiser of the Symposium. “I am sure this will be a new opportunity to do what we really know how to do: to dream seriously.”


Oriveden Opisto

Orivesi College of Arts is a multidisciplinary institution founded in 1909. It is a private and non-profit institution concentrating an adult education and it is one of the founding members of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes. It has also conducted a series of cooperation initiatives with other schools of the Association as Fundamentals of Poetry, a Grundtvig project conceived as a pioneering program, whose main objective was to provide a learning experience in an European level.

For more information about the Finish school, please, visit: https://www.eacwp.org/oriveden-opisto/



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