Sheppey - a Creative Writing Course

Ref: C3741042

'Sheppey - a creative writing course', will provide an introduction to using location and local history as inspirations in your own creative writing. Through a series of poetry and dramatic writing exercises, we will explore how investigating your local area can inspire your writing.

Course aim

This course will provide an introduction to using location and local history as inspirations in your own creative writing.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in creative writing. No special qualifications or prior knowledge required.

What topics will this course cover

The course will use a variety of writing techniques to broaden the students' knowledge of creative writing. We will learn how to structure a short dramatic piece inspired by the local area or local history. There will be options for writing poetry or prose if students do not want to write a play. (1, Culture education). Students will be encouraged to share their local knowledge and stories with the tutor and within the group, to provide inspirations and ideas for topics. (2, Community engagement).

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) Use a range of writing inspirations and prompts to inspire creative writing. 2) Use local history and location as an inspiration to their own writing. 3) Be able to structure a short dramatic piece (poem / prose or play).

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given on exercises completed in class, by both the tutor and the other students.

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

An optional half hour trip to the local area is planned, so please bring suitable outdoors clothing and footwear, as dependent upon weather, we may take a stroll and write in the open air!

Reading and information sources

None is necessary.

What could the course lead to?

This course could lead to further courses, or the student may continue to use the techniques learned in the session in their own writing.

Download full course outline

Sheppey - a Creative Writing Course 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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