Creative Writing - Find your Voice as a Writer

Ref: C3672202

A fun and accessible course covering prose and poetry and drama. From secret scribblers to wannabe prize winners - all are welcome on this fun and friendly course.

Course aim

To develop and nurture creative writing skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is designed so that you can work at your own level to achieve learning outcomes.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List the key ingredients of a quest/journey stories and write poetry and stories using these ingredients.
  • Use a variety of prompts to write memoir, poetry and stories based around the theme of childhood.
  • Put together a ballad or a narrative poem for adults and/or children.
  • Take part in a structured activity to read and analyse a piece of published poetry in order to draw out the themes and poetic devices.
  • Make suggestions about how to improve my work and that of others.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Homework is set each week and this is based on a workshop or activity that takes place in class.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring pen and paper. Laptops and tablets can be used but are not essential. You will also need a ringbinder or folder for your work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor may suggest texts as appropriate and will provide handouts where necessary.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Competition entries, publication (including self-publication). Attending other creative writing courses, occasional workshops and residentials (such as those offered by Arvon or WEA). Online courses. Attending local literary festivals.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing - Find your Voice as a Writer Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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