Creative Writing- Developing Craft and Skills

Ref: C3842761

The course will be based around reading a variety of poetry, fiction, drama and literary nonfiction. Alongside this students will be encouraged to develop and progress their own creative work in all of these genres through writing exercises prompted by these examples. Students, if they wish, will also be able to pursue an individual project over the duration of the course where they will be able to develop a portfolio of work in a specific area of interest or around a single work. Classes will be split into three sections: close reading and analysis, individual writing time and a workshop. Each week the group will critique students' work and read relevant contemporary and earlier examples of writing.

Course aim

This course will focus on developing and enhancing students' creative writing skills in different genres through close reading and discussion of relevant contemporary and earlier works, practical exercises and weekly workshops based around those.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and build on my strengths as a writer by producing work in the genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction and drama
  • Develop work in the above genres and forms that is aware of the main aspects of their formal conventions such as narrative/story structure, poetic devices/technique, the self/other selves and dialogue/character building
  • Professionally present a manuscript that is tailored to a specific audience or market
  • Understand my own creative processes and practice more deeply
  • Better sense the direction and style of my writing having experimented in different genres, completed a range of practical exercises and given/received constructive criticism

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Writing equipment will be essential i.e. a pen, paper and notebook, or device such as a tablet or smartphone with some kind of word processing ability.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Creative Writing- Developing Craft and Skills


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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
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