Creative Writing

Ref: C3529036

A New Year, a new creative You! This course is designed to provide fresh strategies for opening up the muse of creativity in your writing. It will be pitched at a level accessible both to beginner writers and those who have some experience and wish to inject some stimulus into their writing. The sessions will cover different genres - in particular poetry, fiction and life writing - week by week. A typical session will offer some focus on exemplar materials followed by appropriately tailored creative writing exercises. There will be an emphasis upon group discussion and, as the course gathers pace, there will be the opportunity for supportive group appreciation and critiquing of each member's work under the Tutor's direction. It's fun, stimulating and you make new friendships.

Course aim

This course is designed to open up ideas and strategies for writing creatively in a variety of genres: poetry, fiction, life writing.

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:

  • Enjoy reading new texts with a view to developing your own writing.
  • Access a range of creative writing genres and explore them through writing exercises
  • Develop supportive and empathic responses to the work of fellow group members - as they will for your work.
  • Develop a discipline of completing some writing for class each week.
  • Hopefully complete a small body of work which you can then develop further.

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?

  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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?

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Creative Writing


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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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