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Practice of the Lithuanian Language – Creative Writing (for B2, C1, and C2 levels)

The course is for those who want to improve the skills and abilities of using the Lithuanian language through creative writing, at the same time developing critical thinking, openness, self-confidence, encouraging creativity and developing attention. The course is taught in the form of creative writing workshop, focusing on reading, writing, rewriting, and editing texts, speaking, and developing the skills of constructive criticism. By creating original texts according to the given tasks, the students learn to write cohesive discourses of different genres and forms in Lithuanian; at the same time individually emerging language (its grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, phraseology, synonymy) usage problems in real situations are being discussed, explained and solved.

After the course the students will be able to:

  • Write clear, detailed, comprehensive, coherent texts about real or imagined events and experiences, in accordance with the established conventions of the respective genre and on various topics related to the field of their interest.
  • Write a short review of the text they have read, evaluating different ideas or solutions to a problem.
  • Write an essay in which the argument is systematically developed, highlighting the relevant points and the relevant supporting details.
  • Write an argumentative text stating the reasons for accepting or opposing an approach and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the different options.
  • Link and combine information and arguments from multiple sources.
  • To understand the main ideas of complex texts written in Lithuanian on both specific and abstract topics, as well as discussions on the topics of writing fiction and non-fiction.
  • To communicate freely and sufficiently spontaneously in Lithuanian orally and in writing, without causing tension to the native speakers and without feeling it themselves.


  • What is creative writing and who am I as a writer? Creative writing in a foreign language? Why is free writing the basis of creative writing pedagogy? What is a literary diary and how to write it?
  • What are the genres of non-fiction prose and what are their characteristics? How to write an instruction? And why do we start the practice of writing non-fiction prose from this genre? “How to do what we shouldn’t be doing.”
  • How to write a personal essay? What are the top ten moments in my life? How to discover a topic in yourself? What are the top 10 roles I play in my life?
  • Letter to an editor: what do I believe in? How to discover a topic in yourself? What are the top 10 roles I play in my life?
  • How to write an autobiography and memoirs: how to draw a memory map?
  • What are the basics of the structure of a fictional story? How to write a fable? How to recreate an oral family story into a written narrative? How to create a narrative conflict?
  • How to use and describe body language (gestures) in the story?
  • How to create a new story from an already written story?
  • How to create a sketch of a character? How to create a unique character voice?
  • How is a conversation different from a dialogue? How to write a direct discourse?
  • How to describe the setting? How to use all five senses to describe a place that awakens the imagination?
  • What is characteristic of the narrative time in a work of beauty? How to use past inserts in the story text?
  • How to explore a historical period and use it in a fictional story.
  • How to prepare for a creative workshop? What is constructive criticism and how to present and accept it?
  • How to prepare your own collection of original texts?

Planned beginning of training

  • 2024-02-05 - 2024-06-07


  • 15 weeks (V 13.00-15.30)


  • Lietuvių


  • 160 academic hours (6 ECTS)

Target group

  • Lithuanian diaspora, foreign students

Prerequisites for entering the course

  • B1 or higher knowledge of Lithuanian language

Acknowledgement of acquired competencies

  • Certificate or an academic certificate (if required)

Vijolė Višomirskytė

Associate Professor at Vytautas Magnus University

Since 2001 doc. dr. Vijolė Višomirskytė works as a teacher and researcher at the department of Lithuanian Studies at Vytautas Magnus university, teaching courses on textual analysis, creative writing, literary sociology, narratology, digital humanities et al. for BA, MA, and PhD students. She is interested in literary text strategies, narrative poetics and rhetoric, ecocriticism. Literature is the main object of her research and teaching subject, but she also teaches the Lithuanian language for non-native speakers.

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