Blank Page Creative Writing

Ref: C3125587

A one-day course for people to learn new creative skills by producing a finished piece of writing at the end of the session. We will select a common topic of local interest, and then working individually and also in small groups, students will create a piece of writing from scratch. This will appeal to people writing in a wide variety of forms - essays, plays, short stories, poems, reports etc - and the pieces will be reviewed by the tutor throughout the day. It is hoped that the piece will benefit both from working with other class members and also from being freed off from relying on preconceived ideas. This way of working has encouraged previous students to better trust their inner sub-conscious talents by working with external objects and with other people. The process we will follow on the day is one that can be used by the students to help them create pieces in the future, and it is hoped that a series of weekly classes will follow on in the Spring.

Course aim

As a group we will select a topic of local interest, and then working individually and in small groups, students will create a piece of writing of their own choice from scratch.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • A finished piece of writing - prose, poetry, lyrics, essay, script, report - which might also be the starting point for other creative work.
  • A way of working followed in the course that can be used to help us in the future overcome the dread of the 'blank page'.
  • An awareness of how rewarding it can be to create writing from scratch, without any preconceived ideas or thoughts.
  • How working with other people in a group, and using external objects, can help stimulate our thoughts and expand our creative skills.
  • A deeper understanding of, and trust in, the power of our unconscious minds to help us in our creative activities.

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

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
  • The work produced will be discussed at several stages during the day to help the student refine and improve his/her final piece.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Blank Page Creative Writing


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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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