The Writer's Retreat

Ref: C3677549

Suitable for beginners and returners - relax, take a step back and (re)gain that vital spark of inspiration and motivation in another friendly step by step approach to researching, planning and importantly - writing. Novel, Script, Autobiography, Collection of work or Short Stories - whether you’ve yet to put pen to paper, are midway through, or ‘blocked’ this accessible guide will allow you to meet others, gain some focus and get writing!

Course aim

A friendly and slightly different step by step guide to researching, planning, writing, finding and maintaining inspiration and motivation. Novel, Script, Autobiography or Collection of work - gain some information and get writing!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • describe approaches to and differing forms of writing project.
  • plan, comment on, critique and/or editing an extended writing project.
  • draw from my own skills and experience in creating, planning and developing work in accordance to one of more of the strategies covered.
  • develop writing projects which adhere to and take influence from the strategies covered.
  • discuss my motivation and enthusiasm for writing projects in general.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A note book/paper and a pen may prove useful!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Ask your tutor about a certificate of completition. Potential to see your work in print.

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The Writer's Retreat


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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
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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