Creative Writing: Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C3739802

Enjoy developing and channelling your writing ability. All stages; beginners welcome. Poetry, novels, short stories, plays, articles, memoirs. Many aspects included - getting started, shaping stories, poetry, creating characters, publication. Reading and discussion of members’ work in a friendly, constructive setting.

Course aim

To help develop creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development. All forms are included – novels, plays, poems, short stories, autobiography, feature articles and develop ability to assess your own work.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is interested in Creative Writing including beginners.

What topics will this course cover

It will consist of readings and discussion of work in progress, writing projects, discussion of many aspects of writing skills, such as dealing with blocks, creating characters, descriptive writing, modern poetry, dialogue and creating atmosphere and a sense of place. There will be some reference to examples of established writers’ 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. Demonstrate development of writing skills 2. Write in a chosen form or variety of forms 3. Demonstrate ability to assess your own work 4. Describe how to present work for publication, if desired

How will I know I'm making progress?

It will be clear as the course consists of constant reading of students; work with constructive comment. Discussion of such topics as writing short stories, memoirs and poems will stimulate development of skills.

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

All these are optional. There are no prescribed books. Reading as widely as possible, internet research if relevant to type of writing, practice in writing in forms of choice is desirable Suggested reading material for writers: Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (annual publication) pub Bloomsbury Press Becoming a Writer D. Brande pub. Pan Writing Poems P. Sansom pub Bloodaxe The Craft of Writing Articles H.G Wells pub Picador On Writing Stephen King pub Scribner

Reading and information sources

All these are optional. There are no prescribed books. Reading as widely as possible, internet research if relevant to type of writing, practice in writing in forms of choice.is desirable Suggested reading material for writers: Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (annual publication) pub Bloomsbury Press Becoming a Writer D. Brande pub. Pan Writing Poems P. Sansom pub Bloodaxe The Craft of Writing Articles H.G Wells pub Picador On Writing Stephen King pub Scribner

What could the course lead to?

It is up to students themselves how they choose to progress but it is recommended to continue the practice of writing and attend further courses on creative writing if wished.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing: Writing for Pleasure Course Outline

Conditions

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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