Creative Writing Workshops

Ref: C3528859

Discover and develop your writing skills in fortnightly exercise-based workshops. We will be practising techniques and discussing theories that can be applied to fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose. The course will begin with a series of starter exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. This will be followed by exercises that encourage experimentation in form and style. There will be optional homework tasks, and regular opportunities to discuss writing theory. Sessions will include advice about competitions and other submission opportunities. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Course aim

To provide a series of exercises that introduce key writing techniques and inspire written responses that can be expanded on in your own time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Plan a piece of creative writing by following an exercise set by the tutor.
  • Discuss characters as being round or flat and apply principles in your writing.
  • Use words with the economy and precision necessary for creating a poem or flash-fiction.

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
  • There will be an optional homework writing task set during each session.

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 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?

  • Please bring suitable writing materials - paper or notebook; pen or pencil, or tablet/laptop.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Join a reading group. Join a writing group.

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Creative Writing Workshops


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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