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Fri 14 Jun 2024
10:00 - 12:30

Venue: West Hub, West Room 2

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Engaged Researcher - Creative Writing

Fri 14 Jun 2024


Have you ever wanted to get creative with your research? To discover how writing can bring a new perspective to your work? How your words can engage with new audiences about the academic research that you are passionate about?

This training will enable you to develop creative ways by which you can use writing to engage with the public; providing you with the resources to be more confident in developing and sharing creative writing responses to your area of research.

The course will introduce creative writing for poetry and prose, and textual writing for exhibition / display. It will discuss developing writing for performance.  The aim is to work with you to bring out the creative responses that lay within your own work. There will be the opportunity to receive written feedback throughout the week, and to discuss your work in a 1-to-1 session with the course tutor (if requested in advance).

The training will be led by David Cain. David’s most recent book, Truth Street, was shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prizes for Poetry (2019). David brings his writing experience together with a passion for public engagement - he currently leads the delivery of the Cambridge Festival.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 14 Jun   10:00 - 12:30 10:00 - 12:30 West Hub, West Room 2 map David Cain

The trainer will share skills and best practice in creative writing for research. The training core objective is to support the participant to develop their creative writing – and to feel confident in creative responses to their area of research.

The course will develop ideas for different forms of creative writing, both poetry and prose, and work with the participant to find the best formats and platforms for sharing their work. Each participant will be invited to share their work with the trainer and to discuss their work through written feedback through a one-to-one session with the trainer (if preferred).


Following the training, the participant should feel able to develop a creative writing response to their work, have greater knowledge on delivery formats, and be able to share this with a wider audience.


Pre-course work, presentations, practicals.

System requirements


Requests for participants: preparation for the course
  • Please think of a three-word sentence that can be used to describe yourself or your research
  • Please consider “why you would like to explore creative writing to communicate your research”
  • Please bring with you a piece of favourite writing by someone (maximum length 300 words / 1 minutes reading time). Participants are invited to read this at the first session, and to share with the group why they chose it. This can be a selection from a longer piece or a short essay, poem etc.

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Two and a half hour session

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