Creative Writing For All

Ref: C3671798

This course is suitable for students with all levels of ability, but is mainly concerned with learning how to write short stories, considering all the essential elements, such as plot, structure, character conflict pace, tone, dialogue, and will introduce students to writing poetry. The class is tailored so it meets each students individual needs so that they maintain interest and realise their full potential.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

The course aim is to inspire and encourage students to write creatively and imaginatively, using best practice examples designed to inspire written work at home for critiquing by the tutor and classmates, whilst promoting study or research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced writers, whether able-bodied or disabled. A grounding in basic English Language is required.

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

  • Produce a short story
  • Have a greater understanding of the components of fictionalised stories.
  • Students will share aspects of their self-directed learning or research on specific subjects, and discuss with other students their findings.
  • Students will amass a portfolio of their completed works, to be added to in subsequent courses.
  • Students will gain in confidence, and through their weekly progress and achievements their ambitions will grow, sufficient to pitching to an agent or publisher.

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
  • This tutor creates a semi-formal atmosphere which students respond and interact in by presenting aloud work written at home for evaluation by the tutor and classmates. Reading, as well as writing at home is 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
  • 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
  • The tutor will monitor your progress on a weekly basis, and offer advice and suggestions designed to improve your work, supporting and encouraging you to build on your future achievements.

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.)
  • Writing paper and a pen, an A4 folder will be needed, plus, any magnifying or hearing aids you use. No prior reading is required for the course but students will be encouraged to read fiction novels and short stories once the course has started.

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
  • As mentioned previously no specific books are required to be read before the course, but a wide range of Creative Writing books can be bought or loaned from the Public Library. Reading them can consolidate the knowledge imparted in class.

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
  • This course enhances students confidence in their abilities, and self-expression enough to impress prospective employers, who may offer a career advancement or promotion. Some students elect to study at College or University. .

Download full course outline

Creative Writing For All Course Outline


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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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