The Creative Impulse WEA Sydney

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Creativity is one way of separating humans from other animals. From divine inspiration to blood, sweat and tears it is a rare and powerful force. We all enjoy the products of creativity, from art, photography and music- to theatre, novels and architecture but few people have the ability to actually make these essential parts of our culture. In this course we explore the processes of creativity, (inspiration, imagination and sheer hard work); the effect on the maker and the value of the result, through five books that are themselves different examples of the magic of the creative impulse.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Allison Halliday

Course Code: D175

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

  • Julia Blackburn, Old Man Goya
  • Bernard MacLaverty, Grace Notes
  • Michelle De Krester, The Rose Grower
  • Stella Bowen, Drawn from Life: A memoir
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement

Units & Pricing: 5 units / $68 per person



Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.