Creative Writing for All Abilities

Ref: C3527728

Explore your creativity! This course will introduce you to stimulating starter prompts for creating a portfolio of personal writing across several genres. You will have the opportunity to experiment, share, receive feedback and create your own work within a framework of support and guidance,

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 1st June

Course aim

This introductory course will be designed to appeal to both newcomers to creative writing and those who may wish to continue building on previous learning. The focus will be on stimulating ideas for personal life-writing in poetry, prose and flash-fiction.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Each session will introduce a different creative writing 'topic' which will include models of work by top-level practitioners for study and stimulating ideas for related personal spin-off writing. The ten week course will cover a wide range of writing samples and students will be free to develop their own preferred directions for personal expression within a framework which provides supportive and inter-reactive feedback.

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. Respond to examples of creative writing studied with confidence and enjoyment. 2. Write in a variety of genres in an exploratory manner. 3. Build on received feedback to develop own writing. 4. Share and critique your own work and that of others in the group in a positive, supportive way. 5. Identify a preferred genre of writing for further work.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be actively engaged with writing in the sessions and will also build a portfolio of work accumulated over the course. The tutor will provide sympathetic and instructive feedback for development and the group dynamic of sharing and discussing each others' work will encourage progress. The assessment will be continuous and monitored in relation to the rate of progress made by each student personally.

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

Students should come equipped with a writing journal, pens/ pencils, and a document wallet to collect drafts and finished work. Hand-outs will be provided by the tutor and there is no requiremet to purchase books (although recommendations will be made by the tutor for further reading sources at elevant junctures of the course).

Reading and information sources

Nothing specific. If this is your first session, it might help to bring along a favourite book or piece of writing. If you have attended a previous course please bring your current portfolio of achieved material.

What could the course lead to?

The course will hopefully generate a portfolio of creative writing which reflects the student's interests and progress throughout the duration of the course. This will act as a platform for further writing and will lead to opportunities to work at a more advanced level. Ultimately, students may wish to either pursue their writing on creative writing courses which offer qualifications or to prepare manuscripts for possible publication in journals, magazines or self-publication projects.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing for All Abilities 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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