Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C2419163

A friendly, informal, but structured course which will cover all aspects of creative writing: the novel, the short story, and plays. One of the students is a published poet so we will have one session on poetry, another a musician so one session will involve music as a writing stimulus. The tutor is a professional playwright so we will do one session on drama. Exercises will be set in class to free creativity and students will be encouraged to develop their own work

Course aim

To stimulate the creative imagination in all aspects of writing: the novel, the short-story, poetry and drama. The student will gain greater confidence and pleasure from the written word.

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 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • have gained confidence in my writing
  • write with more discipline
  • appreciate different forms of literature
  • enjoy the creative process
  • learn to share my work with other members of the group

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?

  • pen and paper and a passion for writing

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Becoming A Writer Dorothea Brande (papermac. out of print but available on Amazon)

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/
  • students have gone on to a B.A in creative writing.

Download full course outline

Writing for Pleasure Course Outline

Conditions

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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