Poetry course

POETRY COURSE

When talking about poetry, writer Virginia Woolf said that the purpose of a poet is to describe honestly and accurately a world that, as a possible thing, never existed for any person. Each poem, sonnet or haiku is a separate universe where all laws obey the imagination of the poet. However, how to open the gates to those unknown worlds with the help of words, rhyme, rhythm, language tools alone?

In this course, Assoc. Dr. Gabrielė Labanauskaitė will help tame poetry to those who are afraid of it, and will introduce those who are already skilled to the techniques and intricacies of this literary genre. Aušra Kaziliūnaitė, the author of 6 poetry books, whose work has received numerous national and international awards, will lead one of the course sessions.

Lenght: 21 academic hours

IN THIS COURSE:

  • you will open the door of poetry, which will give space for creativity to spread and help you in difficult moments of life;
  • you will get to know the diversity of poetry genres and the uniqueness of each of them;
  • you will play in rhyme and rhythm;
  • you will get to know the fastidious Miss Metaphor and other decorations of speech better;
  • you will test the methods of creating poetry and develop your writing skills;
  • you will create, read and generally increase your understanding of what poetry is;
  • at the end of the course you will receive personal feedback about your creation;
  • if you miss the session, you will be able to view the video material;
  • you will expand the circle of creative like-minded people.

UNIQUENESS:

What makes this creative writing course different from other similar courses?

  • this is the only poetry writing course in Lithuania so far;
  • the course program is special in its completeness and in-depth study of the material, enriched with many practical exercises and advice;
  • you will create together in a small group;
  • the course is playfully led by the poet and playwright Gabrielė Labanauskaitė, and feedback will be provided by the poet Aušra Kaziliūnaitė, who has published six books of poetry.

FEEDBACK: 

I would describe this first poetry course as very comprehensive. It was very interesting and meaningful to get acquainted with the structures, formulas, and possibilities of creating poetry, while at the same time allowing to feel the absence of those boundaries. Inventive tasks, as always, awakened creativity, encouraged independent work, and perfectly filled our time with poetry. And also the feedback that Aušra Kaziliūnaitė gave us in the last lecture was extremely interesting and rich in all senses. – Sandra Sparnaitiene

During this course, I received structured, clearly, and interestingly conveyed knowledge about poetry, different styles and genres. Gabriele also always provides tools that help you create and enable you to work independently. I am so grateful for all the fellowship, inspiration, support, and encouragement to move along my path. During these trainings, it was a great joy to hear the feedback of writer, teacher, poet Aušra Kaziliūnaitė about my work and that of other training participants. Such support helps a lot and encourages me to feel more confident in creating poetry. – Justina Butkutė

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How to write a novel?

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL

You’ve wanted to write a novel for a long time, but…
You have already started.
You promised so many times to work on a larger piece, but…
You’ve been planning to write a novel for so long that it’s time to push all BUT aside! Let’s start writing a novel together.

During the course, in a disciplined way, working individually and in groups, knowledge about writing a larger work and the necessary skills will be deepened.

This course is for those who are determined to write up to 30 pages during the course. scope work, which can then be independently extended. The course will also be useful for those who are halfway through writing a piece, but when faced with a creative block or laziness, they can no longer continue writing.

Course duration: 32 academic hours

UNIQUENESS:
This course is special in that:
– takes place in a small group;
– is consistent and long-lasting, lasting 3 months;
– a disciplined habit of writing is developed;
– getting acquainted with the literature intended for writing a novel, the basics of character creation and structure;
– writes a lot and consistently;
– provides feedback on the idea and plan of the novel and notes up to 30 pages. volume for the text of the novel;
– at the end of the course, you will receive personal feedback about your work;
– participants who attend at least 50% of classes will receive a diploma;
– if you miss the session, you will be able to view the video material;

RECOMMENDATION:
Those who have already written one or more large-scale works and are looking for feedback are recommended to apply for individual consultations or wait for the novel improvement and content editing course.

FAQ

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Monologues, Dialogues and Polylogues

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING COURSE: CHARACTERS TALK.
MONOLOGUES, DIALOGUES & POLYLOGUES

 

These creative writing courses for the advanced level individuals are focused on the language of the characters talk. Direct and internal conversations help a reader to understand a character and its world better. In addition, talking characters bring the vitality and intensity to any kindof story. This kind of course covering the principles of building monologues, dialogues and polylogues between and within the characters requires for different kind of mastery. It is possible to develop such skills without being a playwriter or screenwriter.

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Gabrielė Labanauskaitė seeks to introduce the group to the techniques of building up the monologue, dialogue and polylogue. It is important to make the characters talk and learn to expose their traits and disclose individual stories through conversations with itself and others.

Duration: 20 academic hours

OBJECTIVES:

      • to renew and complement the knowledge of the narrative structure and development of characters;
      • to study the main principles of creating a monologue, to understand its functions and possibilities;
      • to analyze the principles of dialogue construction, its functions and possibilities;
      • to explore a dialogue as one of the narration methods;
      • to create dialogues and dialogue-based writing;
      • to discuss the polyphonics of polylogue and its structural possibilities;
      • to write and cultivate the fantasy in the most playful way;
      • to establish a relationship with other creative members of a group;
      • to discuss recently gained knowledge and share the work written during the course.

 

QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED:

      • how to come up with a lively dialogue?
      • how to disclose the inner world of every character through conversation?
      • how to use the language to reinstate a certain action?
      • how to create a dynamic, breath-taking conversation?
      • how to regulate the pace of the narrative through the conversation?

 

PROGRAMME OF THE COURSE:

      • introduction, repetition of the theory of narrative structure and character development, equalization of the information;
      • the principles of creating a monologue, its functions and possibilities, creative writing tasks and exercises;
      • the methods of making a dialogue work, its functions and possibilities, creative writing tasks and exercises;
      • the polyphonics of polylogue, its structural possibilities, creative writing task and exercises;
      • evaluation of the course, discussion, share of the creative work with the group mates.

 

Organizers of creative writing courses maintain a right to change the curriculum.

FAQ

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Creation & Development of Characters

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING:
CREATION & DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHARACTERS

 

There is at least one character in every poem, novel, short-story, fairy-tale, myth, advertisement, news reportage, comic or joke. Upcoming situations usually depend on the characters, once they get a chance to unfold and evolve in certain circumstances. Characters drive a narrative forward. It is usual to indentify with the likeable characters, to go through experiences together, we worry for them, we love them and wish them the best. How to create and develop a character, which would appear closer to a reader than a best friend, relative or a lover?
 
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Gabrielė Labanauskaitė seeks to help the group members to enhance existing creative writing and narrative construction skills, focusing on the development of characters: principles of creation, evolution of the individual story and inclusion into the final narrative.

Duration: 21 academic hour
 

OBJECTIVES:

      • to introduce the group to the techical means of character development;
      • to analyze the journey of the main characters in the plot;
      • to continue previous creative practices, stimulate the imagination and fantasy through the certain exercises, focused on the development of characters and the story;
      • to become aware of the existing character archetypes;/span>
      • to discuss about favourite and unpopular characters;
      • to take a playful approach to the theory;
      • to establish a relationship with other group members and expand an individual friend circle;
      • to look into the provided information and share creative work accomplished during the courses.

 

QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED:

      • why do readers still crave for the heroes?
      • what is the most important thing when developing a recognizable and interesting character?
      • what does character dossier consist of?
      • why the endless fight between the antagonist and protagonist is still relevant?
      • what are the differences between foreground, anthax and peripheral characters?
      • why do some characters arise compassion and empathy within, while the others do not look interesting at all?

 

Organizers of creative writing courses maintain a right to change the curriculum.
 

Dates of the upcoming courses and additional information can be received by email [email protected]or found on social media pageIŠ TYLOS

Creative Writing Courses

CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

 

“Basically, creative writing is any kind of authentic writing with or without an aim for a result. These writing courses are intended for everyone: those, who already have a passionate relationship with writing, those, who seek to sharpen their pencils or ink their pens and those, who wish to tame the writing into the everyday practice. Writing does not necessarily refer to the story-telling. It stands for self-expression, relaxation, meditation, experimentation, cleansing of emotions, development of overall literacy and desire to extend the knowledge on the principles of text constuction”
Gabrielė Labanauskaitė


People write everyday. Some choose electronic technologies and cannot recall the last time, when they were scribing something by hand, others keep the notes on favourite quotes, to-do-lists or dream journals. It is possible to write out of the pure inspiration, having not the knowledge, but the muses. But those are not truly realiable. If there is a need to include writing in everyday life, it is important to study consistently and systematically. Writer and teacher Gabrielė Labanauskaitė not only moderates each meeting and brings the topics and information, but also shares her personal experience, provides writing excercises and recommends some specific literature to read in order to strengthen the inner desire to write.

TYPES OF CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

The Basics of Creative Writing

→ Thematic courses for the advanced students:

  1. Story-telling, Genres & Structures
  2. Creation and Development of Characters
  3. Characters Talk: Monologues, Dialogues and Polylogues
  4. Poetry Course
  5. How to write a novel?

 

Teaching format: there are three types of creative writing courses being organized: extended once-per-week courses (contact), intensive weekend courses (contact) or online courses.

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ‘IŠ TYLOS’

What is it? Creative writing workshops are being organized several times a year in different locations. Each workshop follows a theme; it is being used as a foundation for discussions and creative writing excercises.

Workshops aim to sparkle an inspiration, awaken inner voice, practice and implement writing as an everyday habit, expand the boundaries of creativity and learn to share creative work with others.

Who can participate? Workshops are intended for everyone, who has a special connection with language, story-telling, seeks to learn expressing their thoughts, wants to finish a novel or needs an inspiration to write a new one. These workshops are ultimately oriented into self-growth, self-development and building up the confidence that everybody has a right to write.

More information about creative writing workshops ➡ ‘IŠ TYLOS’

“As a subject to study creative writing is not comprised of theoretical topics only. I try to combine the contents of each class depending on the needs of a group and the common dynamics. The biggest reward to me is to create and successfully maintain cozy and safe environment that would make group members open up.”
Gabrielė Labanauskaitė

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FEEDBACK

“I love these courses for the informativeness. Gabriele always enter a classroom ready to teach. During these courses I widened my knowledge and now I can apply it. I am a good student: honestly doing homework and attending classes. There is a good atmosphere and a lot of people, who think alike. When a course is finished, I really miss evenings, when I can share my writing with others and to hear theirs, to talk to them about the things we care about the most.”
Marius Repšys, actor and writer


“Creative writing courses fascinate me firstly because of their teacher. Gabriele is a person, who could inspire any person to write even though they would think that they do not want or are not able to write at all.
Agnė Zinkevičiūtė, couching specialist, breathing meditation teacher


“When I compare these courses to the others, these ones are special, because of Gabrielė. She manages to create a cozy atmosphere around her: she is free, I like her methods of teaching and the attitude. Also, there is no place for criticism. Somehow even the participants share the same atmosphere between each other. They become (or always has been?) very tolerant and follow the rule that everything is acceptable.”
Genovaitė Petronienė, psychotherapist and writer


“Gabriele has a very intimate and delicate way to approach each participant individually. Everyone is highly respected, I think that such unconditional respect is a rare thing to come across. Gabriele truly is a professional, who knows exactly, what she is doing. The programme of courses is well organized: all the information is crystalized, concentrated and playful. A play is the most important thing for me.”
Rosita Pipirienė, psychotherapist



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Workshops ‘Iš Tylos’

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ‘IŠ TYLOS’

 

Sometimes a simple getaway into the wild is not enough to restore one’s creativity and attract motivation. But an escape into the nature with the like-minded could do that. Participation in the creative writing workshop is an authentic experience combining self-reflection, writing, discussions, inspiration, experiments, tranquility and late night readings by the bonfire.

Writer Gabrielė Labanauskaitė started the project back in 2016. This initiative is focused on awakening of internal creative powers through writing, reading, conversation and silence. Participants of these workshops are really interesting and broad-minded people, who seek to realize and develop their passion for the written word. Some of them are aspiring writers already, others try to implement a habit of casual writing. It is a place for everybody.
Usually workshops take place once in a season and their locations vary. Each workshop has a theme giving a course of writing excercises and topics for discussion. There is none of academic theory, the chosen theme itself becomes an axis of focus. In the past chosen themes highly varied: water, dreams, rituals, archive of memories, archetypes, fata morgana, body. The main purpose of these workshops is not to draw any conclusions, but to recharge and leave the grounds in high spirits.

Writer and teacher Gabrielė Labanauskaitė conducts the workshops herself. Depending on the chosen topic, she also invites guest-speakers to share their experiences and knowledge with the participants.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • a dozen of creative writing excercises;
  • a flow of inspiration and creativity;
  • cozy and relaxing atmosphere;
  • peace in silence;
  • some time for self-reflection;
  • sharing of creation work;
  • a break from everyday life;
  • a numerous of individual experiences and relevations.

 

Photography: Viktorija Samarinaitė
Creative writing workshops ‘IŠ TYLOS’ is designed to help to develop writing skills, find the inner voice, rest and rejuvenate, introspect, have quality time in a group and individually and create.


“I am not a writing therapist and do not pretend to be one. But everyone, who has ever participated in these workshops, says that it surely has some therapeutical power. In these few days spent in Nida, Antalieptė or among the walls of monastery in the Old Trakai, we talk, we write, we share and express everything what bothers us. Whereas creative writing courses are more of academic orientation and focuses on theory, practice. It involves a spark of inspiration as well, but relies more on the particular storytelling elements such as characters, structures and dialogues.

After courses or workshops are over, I keep hearing that the former participants have changed their attitude towards creativity itself, writing and even – a lifestyle. I think this is how the real academy of life works!”
Gabrielė Labanauskaitė, organizer and teacher of creative writing courses and workshops

FAQ


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