Creative Writing

Ref: C3742252

I'm John Haynes, a widely published and prize-winning author, this course will help you master the basics of good creative writing, whether in fiction, poetry or personal writing such as autobiography. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging and we each work at our own level. We learn about making an overall shape to a poem or story, using an economical style, using personal experience and observation, expressing feelings. Some students use the course to get started on or develop work such as a novel or an autobiography. Others focus on shorter works. In the classes we read out our work (if we wish to) and get friendly feedback from me and the class. You can also give me work to write comments on, or you can email me with any queries. Plenty of laugher too! This term's focus will be on 'lost love'.

Course aim

By a widely published and prize-winning author, the course it designed for students to learn, practise and develop the basic skills in creative writing, form, style, imagination.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is also for lost souls - like me!

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

  • Write a complete and well shaped story or poem or piece of autobiography
  • Write economically
  • Write originally

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Publication of work in a magazine or with a publisher - or as with one of our pupils Portsmouth Museum

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Creative Writing


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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