Journal your Life Story

Ref: C3669948

journaling your life story will cover practical aspects of how to start writing. Explore techniques to generate and capture memories. Practice writing in a supportive safe environment. Receive feedback from tutors and peers. Learn how to offer constructive criticism and form opinions on styles of writing. Discuss aspects of your memories and use expressive writing.

Course aim

This course is for anyone who has a desire to capture their life in written form. The learner will be made aware of some of the practical, emotional and challenging issues to consider before undertaking writing. Memories will be generated using a variety of methods that will then form the basis of written pieces.

Who is the course for?

For everyone who has Basic literacy skills

What topics will this course cover

Identifying basic equipment eg, space, time, plans. How to get organised by using a structured plan Use a variety of stimuli to rediscover memories Develop confidence to write and read Share with others to generate material to enhance writing

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:

Understand the general requirements needed to begin writing. Identify personal issues that may re-emerge and explore ways of dealing with them. Develop a structured plan as a guide of how to write your life story. Consider and use a variety of techniques to re visit and capture memories. Collect additional information to situate the memories. Research specific facts that affect your story. Offer feedback and share ideas and opinions with the group.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Learners will be observed throughout lessons Learners will be encouraged to self assess Learners will be given verbal feedback from the tutor and peers.

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

Notebooks pens

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Creative writing course Family history course Become a volunteer for WEA Become a volunteer for Recovery college

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Journal your Life Story Course Outline


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