Writing Your Story

Ref: C3125686

This 'Writing Your Story' course will enable beginner writers and those with some experience to tackle the business of writing stories be they personal or creative. Elements of the autobiographical and more imaginative writing will be included and different voices will also be considered in this 8 week introduction. If you have a good story to tell or just want to record some stories from your family's history, then this could be for you.

Course aim

This course will provide those interested with some of the basic tools for writing their stories, personal or creative, and show that writing can be enjoyable and good for you.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course wil suit budding poets as well as prose writers and dramatists.

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

  • Write about my life story with more confidence.
  • Write about my family history with more confidence.
  • Write an imginative short story or poem.
  • Distinguish between first and third person narrative.

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
  • It would be expected of students that they spend some time writing or re-drafting work for the next class. That depends on commitments, of course, and would not be compulsory.

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
  • 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.)
  • You need to bring a pen and paper (notebook) or a laptop. Good reading is vital to good writing so access to a library is important.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A keen interest in reading stories and novels and/ or (auto)biographies and writing is the main requirement.

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

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Writing Your Story

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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