Creative Writing

Ref: C2338241

Everyone has a story to tell. This course will help you tell your own story. You'll be writing stories, poems and memoir pieces. Friendly and supportive, there will be exercises and ideas to help you kickstart your writing, and feedback on ways to develop it. You'll be encouraged to research possible outlets for your writing, and meet other writers.

Course aim

A supportive, friendly group where you can gain confidence in saying what you want to say and learn how to develop your writing.

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:

  • Know how to write a short story.
  • Know how to write a poem.
  • 1. Know how to write a short story. Give and receive feedback on written work.
  • Develop your ideas in 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'll be trying out different kinds of writing in the class and listening to other people's work. You'll gain most if you do the suggested exercises 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring pen and paper, preferably A4.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You'll be encouraged to read widely, but it's not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • You'll be encouraged to submit a piece of your work for publication. You'll also learn about local opportunities and support.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing 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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