Creative Writing: Seven Different Plots & Beyond

Ref: C3668677

Are there really only Seven Different Plots? Are there really that many? Opinions vary, but a writer’s knowledge of them will expand their literary understanding and story-telling capacity. Do some plots favour certain genres? Do some go in and out of fashion? Explore, experiment and develop your own writing as we consider each plot and put it into practice.

Course aim

Inspire and encourage students to engage in their own writing by exploring the concept that there are a limited number of differing story types being used and reused.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

This course will examine and explore existing texts as examples of the differing story types - whilst participants will also consider and apply this knowledge to their own writing. There will be individual and group writing tasks and discussions.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Express an understanding of the form and structure of a particular story 'type'. Have confidence in their abilities in commenting on, critiquing and identifying a particular story type. Draw from their own skills and experience in creating a stories of their own in accordance to one of more of the forms covered. Display competence in the development of creative texts of the types covered. Have gained motivation and enthusiasm for the subject area.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through constant discussion, feedback and verbal assessment of their work. There will be the opportunity for open and individual Q&A throughout. The ILP forms will also be monitored and reviewed regularly.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No specialist materials required but a note-book and pen will be useful.

Reading and information sources

No specific reading is required prior to the sessions.

What could the course lead to?

The course could lead to further study with the WEA - such as the following Creative Writing based course: Scriptwriting for Screen & Radio, Film Studies: Great Adaptations or English based courses.

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Creative Writing: Seven Different Plots & Beyond Course Outline


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