Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C2419161

The course is aimed at people with no experience together with those who have slightly more. All aspects of creative writing will be explored including the novel, the short-story, poetry and plays. The tutor is an established playwright so one session will be given up to dramatic writing and dialogue. One student is a published poet and there will be a session devoted to exercises to open an awareness of this genre. Music and art will also be used as a stimulus for creativity with local artists bringing in work. Exercises will be set in class to explore and develop skills in story-telling, character and dialogue in the novel and short-story. Students will have every opportunity to read their own work for group and tutor feedback. Some students have gone on to publish their work but above all this is a course for writing just for the fun of it.

Course aim

The course is titled `writing for pleasure` and that really sums it up. It is aimed at all aspects of creative writing and students will be encouraged to explore their inner potential through exercises and discussions in class.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • To free my creative subconscious
  • To gain more confidence in my creative skills
  • To be more disciplined when writing on my own
  • To appreciate the work of other writers
  • To gain more insight into other cultures through reading culturally diverse texts.

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
  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • a writing pad and a good pen

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • please read BECOMING A WRITER by Dorothea Brande (papermac out of print but available on Amazon) THE ART OF FICTION by David Lodge (Penguin)

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

Writing for Pleasure Course Outline


You can 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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