Intermediate Creative Writing

Ref: C2225047

During this course will be looking at 'show not tell', characters, setting, theme, pace and language in detail. We will explore how to write effective, interesting fiction through exercises and games. We will be reading extracts from published writers and writing in short bursts. Homework will be set each week where these new skills can be put into practice. Students will have the opportunity to have their work positively critiqued by the teacher and other students.

Additional information about this course

There will be no class on Thursday 15th February.

Course aim

This is an intermediate course for those who have already attended a creative writing course, or who have done a lot of writing by themselves.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Demonstrate how to 'show not tell' and learn to put this into practice where appropriate.
  • Create interesting and well-rounded characters with the aim that readers will wish to enter into an emotional journey with them.
  • Demonstrate how sentence length, alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia affects pace.
  • Plan work effectively.
  • Use theme and create mood in a way which unifies a piece of writing.

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

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring pen and paper. Laptops are allowed but not actively encouraged.

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

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Intermediate Creative Writing


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