Creative Writing

Ref: C3125926

This course is intended for people who wish to develop/improve their potential as writers in a non- judgmental setting. It aims to help students become more confident about sharing their writing and reading it aloud. Each session will have a different focus/starting point e.g.flash fiction,performance poetry, fairy-tales or a 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. The last session will be open to an invited audience giving students the opportunity to perform some of the writing produced during the term.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to different writing genres and themes which inspire and enable students to develop and improve 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:

  • To write an Ekphrastic poem
  • Read back my writing to the group and receive constructive feedback.
  • Name a featured writer and have written a response inspired by their work..
  • .

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?

  • Notebook 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 and or 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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