Dear Diary: Different Approaches to Recording our Lives

Ref: C2224612

In this course we will consider and practise the art of diary writing by taking different approaches each week. We will discuss the work of a wide range of writers including: Alan Bennett; 19th century clergyman Francis Kilvert; the Norfolk lepidopterist Margaret Fountaine; and Joan Wyndham (once described as “a latterday Pepys in camiknickers”). There will be opportunities to write using different styles and approaches.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To read and discuss excerpts from the diaries of some famous (and not so famous) individuals. There will opportunities for individual writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need a reasonable level of reading to enjoy the course to the fullest extent.

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

  • Discuss and implement different approaches to diary writing.
  • Explore different points in history through the eyes of the diarists studied.
  • Write about different aspects of one's own life using the various styles studied.

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
  • There will be the chance to complete diary writing in your own time but this will not be mandatory.

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 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
  • If you would like feedback on your own diary writing, this will be provided by the Tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • A couple of pens and some A4 paper or a notebook would be useful.

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

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Dear Diary: Different Approaches to Recording our Lives


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