New Skills in Creative Writing

Ref: C2337851

Taught by a published writer, this course enables you to make the most of your creative writing skills and techniques. Via exercises in poetry and prose, you will be encouraged to 'have a go' at new ideas. The concept we will explore is that the more new things a writer tries, the better their work becomes. We will also embark on exercises that help with editing and polishing skills. Advice on where to send work out to, should writers wish to do so, will also be available.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to give new and more practised writers more experience at developing their creative writing skills, techniques, and ideas.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Expand and demonstrate skills and ideas in creative writing.
  • Expalin how to best edit and polish work.
  • Explore new ideas via exercises in both poetry and prose.
  • Recognise key images and ideas for poetry.
  • Recognise how pace can improve prose.

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

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
  • 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?

  • Folder, pens, paper, pencils etc. Keep a writers' notebook, whatever form (paper or electronic) this may take.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor's new books are: Brand New Beat: Stories set in the 1960s, and Mr Bowlly Regrets: Poems, both King's England, 2017. Other texts and passages will be suggested as the course progresses

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Taking those important steps towards possible publication, or be confident enough to perform your work in front of an audience.

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New Skills in Creative Writing


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