Ref: C2337807

This course will look at improving written English skills and is suitable for those who would like to improve their writing for creative and practical use. Working to individual levels and interests, students will be encouraged to advance their knowledge through a series of practical workshops. Exercises will be included to improve critical reading skills and comprehension. This is a non-accredited course and will be taught in a relaxed and informal way, with an emphasis on encouraging confidence and enjoyment in the subject.

Course aim

Increase confidence and gain enjoyment whilst improving written English skills. Learn writing techniques for a variety of audiences and reasons in a relaxed and supportive environment

Who is the course for?

This is an entry level course for students who would like to improve their writing skills for enjoyment or to improve their employability and educational prospects. Students must have a good level of spoken English.

What topics will this course cover

A selection of the following will be looked at depending on participants’ interests and abilities • Writing fiction • Writing non-fiction • Writing memoir • Writing poetry • Finding information from given texts and improving research skills • Planning and organising your writing • Improving writing techniques • Writing for different readers – using appropriate language for different audiences • Critically reading your own and others’ work • Editing and proofreading your 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. Plan a piece of writing. 2. Write a character description. 3. Identify two appropriate styles of language for two different audiences. 4. Complete a short written piece (memoir, fiction or non-fiction).

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will give verbal feedback in the class. If additional information is needed, email correspondence and tutorials can be undertaken. Supportive peer assessment and feedback will also be encouraged.

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

Students may find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials. Writing equipment and paper.

Reading and information sources

Any reading is desirable!

What could the course lead to?

An increased enjoyment of writing. Skills and knowledge gained can be used on a daily basis. Further study through the WEA or other colleges towards recognised qualifications. Other WEA creative writing courses. Improved employment prospects.

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Writing Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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