Writers' Workshop

Ref: C3671129

This course is intended to inspire students to write short stories, longer fiction and poetry. It is structured for students of all abilities, disabilities, and levels of intelligence, and from basic to advanced in literacy skills. To spur them into achieving their full potential, work will be orientated to their personal preferences, so will be tailor made to help them produce work of a publishable standard.

Course aim

To inspire and engage interest in Creative Writing and encourage the production of fiction writing and poetry at home, in order to receive constructive criticisms from the tutor and students in class.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • All are welcome to join this course if they are willing to learn. We welcome diversity and concentrate on strengths of the individual.

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

  • Write a short story or article
  • Students will prepare and compile a folder of completed works they can add to in subsequent courses in order to measure and reflect on their own progress.
  • To recognise the various forms of poetry and analyse the structure of poems.
  • Students will conduct self-directed research and produce material on specific subjects of their own choice, and enter in discussions generated by their findings.
  • As their abilities and confidence expand, students will be prepared for pitching submissions to magazines, agents or publishers.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students may be required to: Collaborate on projects Listen to Tutorials Read.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Constructive criticism and evaluative feedback given in a supportive manner allows the tutor to monitor progress, or lack, and apply remedial measures. A course end progress overview is offered.

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.)
  • A notepad or writing book and a pen. An A4 ring binder to compile your writing assignments in.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • There is no list of set books for this course, though students are welcome to bring to the class any books which they admire or they have found helpful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • As confidence in their abilities grows, many students become self-employed working from home following their writing career.

Download full course outline

Writers' Workshop Course Outline


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  • 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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