Creative Writing

Ref: C3740101

Students will be encouraged to explore a range of genres and styles in which they might develop their own writing skills. Students will be encouraged to edit and polish their work in the light of peer and tutor feedback. The class will create a safe supportive environment in which students feel comfortable about presenting their work.

Additional information about this course

Classes are fortnightly.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to a range of strategies to help them get into the flow, tap into inspiration and build skills in both prose and poetry.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover a range of prose and poetry techniques for enhancing the quality of creative writing. A consistent focus is given to key skills which make writing convincing, effective and appealing to readers, including use of the senses, selection of detail, imagery, flow, language-choices and poetic and narrative structure.

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 and create a number of original pieces of writing. 2. Present work in progress or completed writing to the class. 3. Give supportive and encouraging feedback to other members of the class.

How will I know I'm making progress?

A mixture of tutor and peer feedback, written and verbal, is used for each written assignment.

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


Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Creative Writing skills gained during this course may be used to build confidence and enhance writing across a broader range of contexts, eg. Academic and report writing, journalism, family histories/ memoirs. Learners may also find the course a useful preparation for eventual progression into more advanced and accredited courses of Creative Writing.

Download full course outline

Creative 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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