100 Years: Women Writing and Voting

Ref: C3125715

Each session will have a different starting point/theme relating to how women's lives have changed over the last two hundred years or so relating to the vote. Reading from novels, biographies, short stories, plays, poems and songs. Creative writing and performance skills will be developed throughout the course.

Course aim

To explore women's writing before and after the vote, working towards a drama performance in 2018 to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • This course is for women interested in reading literature and finding out about women's history. Developing personal writing and performance skills in a non judgemental setting. Students need to be able to read and write.

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

  • Name a suffragette and comment on her contribution to the women's suffrage movement.
  • Demonstrate my creative writing skills with examples of writing I have produced over the ten weeks.
  • Demonstrate performance techniques I have learnt when reading/performing in front of an audience e.g. making eye contact and projecting my voice etc.
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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
  • Reading,exploring creative writing skills through exercises and feedback. Performance skills demonstrated and developed.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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.)
  • A notepad and pen.

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

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100 Years: Women Writing and Voting


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