Creative Writing

Ref: C3671281

A fun and accessible course covering prose and poetry. From secret scribblers to wannabe prize winners - all are welcome. You will work at your own pace and level to achieve the learning outcomes.

Course aim

To develop and nurture creative writing skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

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:

  • Draw inspiration from life and literature to write stories and verse around beasts and beings from the natural world.
  • Formulate an original concept for a crime story and develop both characters and plot.
  • Write a poem in a fixed form.
  • Explore writing in new styles and voices.
  • Assess and revise your own work and deliver useful feedback to other learners.

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
  • Homework- usually writing, occasionally reading - will be given weekly for those who wish to complete it.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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.)
  • Bring a pen and paper. Tablets and laptops can be used but are not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor may suggest texts as appropriate and will provide handouts where necessary.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Enter competitions, publication (including self-publication). Online courses. Open mic performances.

Download full course outline

Creative Writing Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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