Monday 3 May 2004
Creative learners at Cornton Community Centre will launch their own booklet of poems and short stories on Wednesday 5 May at 7.30pm.
The publication is the culmination of two introductory creative writing courses run by the University of Stirling in partnership with the Ace Project at Cornton Community Centre. The courses are part of the University’s developing community based adult learning programme, which aims to make university education an achievable and viable option for more learners. The programme takes university subjects out into the community and delivers pre-university level courses to adults in communities where participation in further and higher education is particularly low.
Shona Keenan, a Community Development Worker within the University’s Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education (DAICE), said: “An important part of the programme involves raising awareness and challenging learner’s perceptions of the University. It highlights to learners what is on offer including degree options, short continuing courses, supported study and flexible learning.”
The programme includes a range of taster courses offering opportunities for potential learners to find out more about a subject before committing themselves to a longer course. Learners gain an insight into different subjects enabling them to make informed decisions on future study options.
Working in partnership with further education providers, local authorities and adult learning projects the University aims to extend this programme and offer a wider range of subjects in the future.
Wednesday’s event will feature readings by Jess Smith, the acclaimed storyteller and author of Jessie’s Journey: Autobiography of a Traveller Girl and Tales from the Tent: Jessie’s Journey Continues which are riding high in the Scottish best-seller lists.
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