Contemporary Writing Part 2

Ref: C2419181

We will explore a diverse selection of contemporary writing in Britain, covering novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Texts to be studied aim to reflect, and be reflective of, various aspects of life in the modern United Kingdom. Writings will be from the past few decades and will embrace a range of social and cultural experiences and points of view. A major theme will be how contemporary authors explore and interrogate the recent past. The course will include the following novels: The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift Another novel TBA Trumpet by Jacky Kay There will be a selection of short stories by different writers and poetry by Simon Armitage. Non-fiction will be represented by essays by Ian Jack.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to consider some contemporary writing in Britain, examining both its literary qualities and its engagement with modern issues and themes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • approach texts with an enhanced critical appreciation
  • express opinions and responses to texts with increased confidence
  • have some awareness of the different kinds of writing produced by Commonwealth writers
  • have some undrestanding of the relationship between Commonwealth writers and the United Kingdom.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will be expected to buy or borrow copies of the novels to be studied. Poems and short stories will be provided as handouts by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Contemporary Writing Part 2


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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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