Every Life tells a Story

Ref: C2224563

What makes a great life? Why are some infamous people so fascinating? Are some people born with a story, or is a story thrust upon them? Together we will answer these questions and more by looking at the lives of a wide range of well-known people. We will also explore the stories of our own lives or those close to us and discover that every life has at least one story worth telling.

Course aim

To identify and explore themes in the lives of famous people and our own lives and to enable participants to write about people of their choice or their own lives, either as fact or fiction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An interest in learning about biography and autobiography will ensure that the course is appropriate.

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

  • 1- search and discover biographical information about anyone whose life interests them.
  • 2- be able to examine famous lives in a range of different ways
  • 3- reflect on or write about aspects of their own lives

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
  • Small group discussions, voluntary presentations on lives of people of interest. Participants will be invited to write about their own lives towards the end of the course. A lending library will be provided each week.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Students will recognise their increased ability to search and analyse famous lives through class participation and optional short presentations. They will be invited to present a short piece on their own lives, if they wish to.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No prior reading is required. Participants may wish to look up the life of someone they admire before the start of the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course will enable students to do further research on biography and to begin to explore their own autobiographies. They will be encouraged to continue to write about their own lives after the course ends.

Download full course outline

Every Life tells a Story 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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