Creative Writing

Ref: C3125717

This course is intended for people who wish to discover or develop their potential as writers in a non-judgmental setting. lts aim is to help students grow in confidence about sharing their writing and reading it aloud. Each session will have a different theme/starting point e.g. flash fiction, plays, folk tale or featured poet or writer, which will initiate writing exercises. Students will be encouraged to read their work back to the group to receive constructive feedback from the tutor and their peers.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to different writing genres and themes which inspire and enable students to develop their own creative writing practice.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Write a haiku.
  • Name a featured writer and describe what impact their writing has had on me.
  • Identify the difference between 'showing' and 'telling' in my writing practice and give examples.

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?

  • Note book and pen. Folder for handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Nothing specific, but an interest in literature is desirable.

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
  • Enter a writing competition. Attend/perform at a spoken word/open mic event.

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Creative Writing


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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