Creative Writing: The 36 Dramatic Situations

Ref: C3671328

Do all stories really revolve around one (and/or a combination) of thirty-six dramatic situations? What are they? What are their uses for the writer? Does this approach provide greater engagement for both writer and reader than plot alone? Encouraging participants to find inspiration by examining these and applying them to create and develop their own writing. Dabbling into various forms and having fun along the way, this friendly and accessible course puts the theory well and truly to the test.

Course aim

Inspire and encourage students to engage in their own writing by exploring the concept that there are a limited number/combination of Dramatic Situations being used and reused.

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:

  • Express an understanding regarding any one, or combination of, Dramatic Situations.
  • Have confidence in one's abilities in commenting on, critiquing and identifying different types of Dramatic Situation.
  • Draw from own skills and experience in creating stories/works of one's own in accordance to any of the Dramatic Situations covered.
  • Display competence in the development of creative texts of the types covered.
  • Have gained motivation and enthusiasm for the subject area.

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
  • Very minimal, non-compulsary 'home-work' activity will be encouraged.

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
  • Group and individual tasks will feature throughout - shareing work and informal feedback is encouraged but not compulsary.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A notebook/pad and pen will be essential.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Could help to ground the participant with skills & knowledge relevant to employment/F.E/H.E education application. Please ask tutor about Certificate of Completetion/Attendance.

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Creative Writing: The 36 Dramatic Situations Course Outline


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