Look Both Ways - Creative Writing Course
This course is accredited by the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
The Look Both Ways program is a 5-week journey focused on self-reflection, post-traumatic stress, mental awareness, mental illness, and anxiety. Through a carefully crafted curriculum, participants engage in 10 assignments, which include various writing tasks such as storytelling, poetry, songwriting, letter writing, and journaling. The program encourages students to delve into their own vulnerabilities through creative expression. Throughout the 5 weeks, participants explore self-understanding by reading assigned materials, listening to curated songs, and actively participating in online discussions. Those who choose to submit assignments will receive guidance on channeling their ideas into reflective writing pieces, learning skills such as formatting sentences to effectively communicate feelings and crafting meaningful journal entries. The Look Both Ways program empowers participants to embrace self-discovery and express their narratives through creative exploration.
This program is designed to engage incarcerated adults 18+ in cohorts of 30 participants per session.
Upon completion of this course, participants will earn an OCAD Continuing Education certificate, facilitating increased access to post-secondary education. Furthermore, participants will acquire new skills, including technical writing and critical analysis. On a behavioral level, individuals will demonstrate enhanced self-reflection and awareness, improved communication abilities, heightened confidence, an increased sense of well-being, and a greater sense of accomplishment.