Creative Writing

Ref: C3843229

This course will explore a variety of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, both contemporary and not. Students will be encouraged to develop and strengthen their own creative work through creative writing exercises prompted by close reading and discussion. 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. Each class will provide time for close reading and analysis, individual writing and a workshop.

Course aim

This course will develop and enhance students' creative writing skills in poetry, fiction and nonfiction through a mixture of close reading and discussion of relevant works, practical creative exercises and workshops based around those.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate, apply and discuss a greater range of poetic, fictional and nonfictional forms, terms and themes
  • Write in several different forms, genres and styles with increased confidence
  • Provide better, clearer and more useful constructive criticism on work-in-progress, as well as edit, revise and improve creative work in relation to feedback
  • Understand and identify different areas of writing I would like to pursue further as well as enhancing my ideas and writerly discipline in both new ones and those I am familiar with
  • Master and apply a range of creative techniques and approaches in evolving the craft of writing

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
  • Some form of writing equipment will be necessary, either pen and paper or a device such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone with word processing.

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


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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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