Creative Writing: Writers Workshop

Ref: C2419077

Enjoy developing and channelling your writing ability.All stages: beginners are welcome. All forms are covered, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, articles, memoirs. Many aspects are included - getting started, shaping stories, poetry now, creating characters, publication and writing dialogue. There will be reading and discussion of members' work in a friendly and constructive setting and some writing projects in class.

Course aim

To help develop creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development; all forms covered, including novels, plays, poems, short stories, memoirs, feature articles. Also to develop ability to assess your own work

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only qualification is interest in creative writing and developing the skills

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

  • Show development of writing skills
  • Have experience of writing in your chosen form or variety of forms
  • Have developed ability to assess your own work
  • Know how to present work for publication, if desired

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
  • Writing at home is part of the course. This will be at your own pace

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
  • Feedback from reading your work in a constructive and friendly setting also feedback from discussion of various aspects of writing.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring pen or pencil and paper and, if possible, work in progress to discuss

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • There is no official reading but the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook is useful and Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Further work on writing still in draft form and taking steps towards publication, if publication is an aim

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Creative Writing: Writers Workshop


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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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