Creative Writing

Ref: C3839493

The course encourages students to produce pieces of poetry, drama and prose. The tutor provides stimulus each session and overall guidance. Students are encouraged to share their work with other members of the group and to improve their writing through analysis and evaluation.

Course aim

To encourage creativity in writing and provide students with strategies for improving their work

Who is the course for?

Anyone with a passion and interest for the subject, no qualifications needed.

What topics will this course cover

Each session starts with a quick ”Starter” writing task to give students practice and to sharpen concentration skills. The rest of the session looks at an aspect of writing that students can analyse and “have a go” at. A longer piece of work (eg short story, short piece of drama) is usually set to be worked on through the length of the course.

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:

Consider, practice and improve the fundamentals of creative writing such as gaining inspiration from ideas and emulating the techniques of established writers in order to arrive at a personal writing style. Share writing by participating in peer discussion of their own and others’ short pieces of writing. (SLc/L2.1,3,4 – links to functional English skills) Experiment with at least 2 different styles, forms or genre of writing Attempt a longer piece of work, involving drafting, re-drafting, and editing of their own work. Attempt to evaluate their own work with reference to the brief and to other noted authors working in the same medium.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will come through peer evaluation and also tutor feedback. Students will also be encouraged to evaluate their own work by reference to established writers

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

pen and paper

Reading and information sources

Reading renowned authors is desirable but not essential

What could the course lead to?

Further courses with the WEA covering a wider subject area. FE courses.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing Course Outline


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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
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