Creative Writing

Ref: C3741259

This course, by a widely published prize-winning writer, aims to help you begin or develop your skills as a writer. You will be able to discuss your work with him and with an friendly group. We encourage all kinds of writing: stories, poetry, memoirs, diaries, plays. Through discussion with the group and the tutor, and individual comments on your work if you wish, you'll get plenty of advice and encouragement.

Course aim

This course, by a widely published prize-winning author and lecturer, is about the basics of good writing in all forms and welcomes students of all levels of experience in writing.

Who is the course for?

If you are interesting in starting to write, or developing your writing, you will find this course helpful.

What topics will this course cover

The course deals with the 'basics' of good writing: economy of expression, making a whole, avoiding clichés, pinpointing physical detail, use of dialogue, 'point of view'. Each week you're given suggestions (in a handout) for writing to be read out and discussed the following week. But these are only suggestions and you're welcome to bring anything you might be writing at the time. You read to the class and we discuss (led by the tutor) and you may leave your work with the tutor for written comments if you wish. There is a course blog on which the handouts are reproduced, and on which you can look at the handouts of previous groups. Each term we link the suggestions for work at home to a particular theme. This term it will be 'love'

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:

Write a story, chapter, poem (or other kind of writing) which as an overall shape and 'wholeness' Be economical Avoid cliché Show awareness of the sound of a narrator's and character's voice

How will I know I'm making progress?

Tutor's and others reaction and comments in class Tutor's written comments if desired

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

Pen and paper. It's useful but not essential to have access to a computer

Reading and information sources

It's very important to read so as to provide models of good writing. Read anything which you really admire and enjoy

What could the course lead to?

Further course like this one to continue your work Join a creative writing group Take a creative writing course Take a creative writing degree Send your work to magazines for publication

Download full course outline

Creative Writing Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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