Artful Prose Course: Register by 11th Jan

Artful Prose:
A writing and visual thinking course for postgraduate researchers (MRes, MPhil, PhD), nurturing academic writing and making.

Led by Dr Amanda Ravetz and Dr Myna Trustram, Manchester School of Art, with guest contributors.

At Manchester School of Art, MMU, (with one session at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester).

Four days of free workshops for Spring 2016, North west travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Beak book, Amanda Ravetz. Photo: Jon Barraclough


22 January 14.00 – 18.00 An introduction
We will work with artists’ books from MMU’s Special Collections and do simple exercises in writing and drawing/visual thinking. No formal artistic experience is necessary.

With Jackie Stacey who is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Man- chester and editor (with Janet Wolff) of Writing Otherwise 2013, MUP.

26 February 10.00 – 18.00 The writing subject
Writing is a mental and a physical practice. Activities throughout the day will raise your awareness of how you use your body when writing.

With Teresa Brayshaw Principal Lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University and a Feldenkrais teacher and Per Roar a choreographer based in Oslo who has just received his PhD from the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.

11 March 10.00 – 17.00 The writing object
At the Museum of Science and Education in Manchester.
Using the museum’s collection of textile artefacts, our focus will move from the writer’s subjective experience of body and mind to the relationship between the writing subject and objects.

With Sean Borodale poet and Miriam Allott Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Liv- erpool.

13 April 10.00 – 17.00 Bookmaking
Drawing on the materials accumulated over the previous workshops,you will work in small groups to produce a collaborative handmade book, everyone will leave the course with one copy.

With Sylvia Waltering an artist working with photography, text, installation and the artist’s book. She is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Manchester School of Art.

The course is free but you must apply to join by January 11th 2016.

Send an email to Dan O’Connor at with

– 300 words explaining how the course will contribute to your research
– Your working thesis title
– Your department and university
– Whether you receive an AHRC award (please note the course is open to all

students regardless of this).
– A statement that you are available and willing to attend ALL workshops

Any questions please contact Amanda Ravetz ( or Myna Trustram (

The course is part of the NW Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership’s programme and is a partnership between MSA, and the universities of Manchester and Liverpool.


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