Creative writing

Ref: C2337785

Do you have a story to write? A poem to compose? Or the desire to create your own narrative? Join this course to explore some of the many different writing styles, study the work of published authors and discover ways to develop your own writing skills and nurture your writing talent.

Course aim

To develop students writing skills and progress their knowledge and techniques. To introduce students to new writing, to inspire them to write their own work, as well as look at the work of published authors.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Students will be given an initial writing assignment in order to assess their level. The course will then continue with students writing their own pieces of work from given stimuli. These stimuli will help students produce work by inspiring them to draw on their own imagination and creativity. Core English literary techniques will also be introduced at this time. The course will progress with students looking at performance poetry. Performance poets raise political and personal issues both at home and on a world basis. This part of the course will feature a workshop by Jess Green. Jess Green’s poem entitled ‘Dear Mr Gove’ made her, according to The Guardian, ‘a web sensation’. Students will have the opportunity to write and if they wish, perform their piece of performance poetry in a style befitting the content. Students will be taught how to edit and re-draft and will show an understanding of how to do this, by editing and re-drafting their own work. The tutor will base lessons around any topical issues developing from literary items within the news. Students will produce work throughout the course and, if they wish, read their work to the group. This will enable them to gain positive feedback and write with increased confidence. The final lesson will feature a tutorial assessing students' work.

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:

1) Write from a series of given stimuli. 2) Use their own cultural memories to create a story or poem. 3) Demonstrate an understanding of the process of editing and re-drafting. 4) Write a short piece of performance poetry. 5) Write with increased confidence.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Student progress will be assessed throughout the course both with written work and question and answer sessions. Students will build a file of work and a final evaluation will take place derived from a final piece of writing.

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

Pen, Note/writing book.

Reading and information sources

Read as much as possible!

What could the course lead to?

Students have progressed onto courses at Sheffield University and onto Open University courses.

Download full course outline

Creative writing Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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