Short Story Writing

Ref: C3669362

The course consists of workshops, focus groups, independent writing time and peer assessment. We will look at some of the basic concepts in story telling, including how to create vivid and engaging characters and plot lines.

Additional information about this course

An introduction to the basics of story telling. This weekend retreat includes workshops on characterisation, structure and point of view. All students get the chance to have a one to one tutorial with either tutor.

Course aim

To provide a supportive environment in which to write and learn about short stories, sketches and/or flash fiction.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Story structure, characterisation, how to frame a story and key story telling concepts such as show don't tell.

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:

Share their work with confidence Understand key story telling concepts Find ways to inspire the writing process Write short stories to a deadline Understand what to leave out

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will receive feedback from both students and tutors during the weekend

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

Notebook and pens

Reading and information sources

On Writing by Stephen King

What could the course lead to?

Creative writing groups, other WEA writing retreats, writing courses. Producing work to deadlines

Download full course outline

Short Story Writing Course Outline

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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