A Weekly Writing for Wellbeing Workshop

Ref: C2419611

This is a course that provides a friendly, warm, supportive environment in which you can get in touch with your creativity and express yourself by writing in any form. We have writers of stories, memoir, poems, letters, songs and raps. The sessions take the form of a writing workshop, with twenty five minutes writing, followed by discussion led and facilitated by the tutor, Liz Sarkany. Many writers come to the sessions knowing what they want to write about but there is guidance from the tutor, with weekly prompts and invitations provided, for those who want them. There is also plenty of fun and friendship, nothing judgmental and quite a bit of thinking and discussion. The course is designed with its actual participants in mind, responding closely to writers' needs and wishes.

Course aim

To feel more confident about using words to express yourself, to make new friendships and to improve your health and wellbeing . To read and hear other people's writing in your peer group, the wider community and the world of literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • Required: a good enough grasp of written and spoken English to translate your work into English and take part in group discussions even if English is not your first language.

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

  • use writing to express myself
  • access my creativity
  • share my work confidently
  • listen in a focused way to other people's writing
  • link being on the course with feeling better

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Blogging; involvement in community action groups; publication in disability arts/mainstream media; involvement in theatre workshops; reading mentoring.

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A Weekly Writing for Wellbeing Workshop


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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