Writers Workshop term 3

Ref: C3670422

This is a workshop and will provide an opportunity for students to work on their own writing projects and have their work analysed and commented on by other students and the tutor. It would suit people with some writing experience.

Course aim

To provide a mutually supportive and enjoyable experience of creative writing with activities that lead to the development of each writer's skills in accordance with their individual starting points and objectives.

Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone with reasonable fluency and writing ability in English and a keen desire to develop one's creative writing.

What topics will this course cover

The learning objective of the term is Structure . Numerous other skills will be covered as they arise, e.g. narrative techniques, characterisation, voice, form and diction. Working on the students' personal writing projects will be the main focus. Reading and analysis of their pieces of work will be take up most of the time. There will also be reading and analysis of model passages. Weekly homework writing activities will be aimed at developing the skill of the learning objective and other skills. Pieces of writing may be prepared for submission to publishers, literary publications and competitions, both paper and online.

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:

Observe and enquire into the ways writers create their works using particular structures in a variety of forms and genres. Comment on techniques of structuring poetry and prose. Write passages in which different structures are used for specific aims and purposes. Engage in positive critical analysis of the writing of other students' pieces of writing. See some development of the structure of their writing.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The aim is to give each student time to read their work to the group every week. The work is then analysed and commented on by the other students and the tutor. So feedback will be orally every week. The tutor will sometimes communicate online to provide more feedback.

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

Pen and paper. Computer printouts of student's work.

Reading and information sources

Reading of literary texts is essential background work. Reading of model passages is essential. Reading of other students' writing is essential. Reading of writing guides is desirable: the course has its own library of writers' guides for the students' use. Wide reading of poetry and/or fiction is desirable.

What could the course lead to?

Attend Arvon residential writing courses. Enrol in OU writing courses. Progress to the MA in writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Submit writing for publication in online and paper publications. Perform readings of work at public forums and literary festivals.

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Writers Workshop term 3 Course Outline


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