Creative Writing for Publication

Ref: C3125791

Have you written a novel and don't know what to do with it? Have you written poems, short stories or a memoir and don't know where to turn for publication? Then this course is designed for you. Starting with a survey of current opportunities and trends the course will focus on how to go about improving the presentation of your work and making those first steps towards publication. Information will be provided about traditional publishers and publishing practice but also consider opportunities on the Internet, blogs, Youtube and self-publishing. During the course you will be expected to do some writing, some research and a lot of talking with other students and the tutor about what you're doing and your ambitions. The tutor will provide some individual guidance and constructive assessment of where you are with your writing and where to go next.

Course aim

This course is designed to give beginner and developing writers a better understanding of how to get published including the novel, short stories, poetry and memoir.

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:

  • demonstrate increased awareness of the publishing business
  • recognise key areas I need to work on to get published
  • identify the main publishers for my kind of writing
  • take the necessary steps to improve my presentation of work
  • approach publishers with more confidence

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students should bring a pen and paper or laptop computer.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Creative Writing for Publication


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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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