Creative Writing for Performance

Ref: C3126847

'Creative Writing for Performance' takes you from the page to the stage. If getting your work performed rather than published is your main aim then this course will be full of useful techniques and tips from an experienced performer. WEA tutor Simon Fletcher taught English and Drama in schools for 15 years and has performed his poetry all over Britain and abroad. He is also an occasional story teller in schools and at festivals.

Course aim

This course is designed for those writers who want to lift their words off the page and put them on stage. If you've written any poetry, stories or short playscripts and want to take the next step then this is for you.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you can engage the attention of friends and family with your stories then you are qualified for this course. If you're shy you might surprise yourself.

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

  • write or create an entertaining story
  • write and perform a short poem
  • understand how to write a playscript
  • show more confidence in performing

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • There may be some written homework and students will be expected to have an active interest in live literature, spoken word and theatre locally.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring a pen and paper or notebook or laptop, if you prefer. There will be some writing on this course and you may well be invited to complete work/ re-draft at home.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may have read poetry, stories and plays widely but the main thing to bring is enthusiasm and a desire to perform and learn from others.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course information sheet

Creative Writing for Performance


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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