Writers' Workshop

Ref: C3672302

This course is intended to inspire students to write short stories, poems, plus non-fiction writing. It is structured for students of all levels of intelligence, from the basic to to those with advanced literary skills by providing tailor made packages to spur them into achieving their full potential and produce work of a publishable standard.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to enthuse and inspire students to write creatively. Students will prepare prose and poetry at home to read aloud in class and receive evaluation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced writers. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary. The course is suitable for students who are able bodied and has access and facilities for the disabled.

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

  • By the end of the course students will be able to write a short story
  • Encouraging students to read their work allows corresponds with their growth in confidence in their abilities.
  • Students will learn and understand specific forms of poetry enough to analyse the various structures of poetic forms.
  • They will be encouraged to compile a portfolio of completed work to be added to in subsequent courses and use to measure their individual progress.
  • Students will be expected to conduct research in order to enhance their own knowledge and add relevance to their writing.

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 will be expected to co-operate with the tutor and fellow students and receive a variety of learning methods to support and encourage active learning. Work outside of the classroom may be undertaken to support your course.

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
  • Progress on a weekly basis at each class, usually after students have read aloud written work created at home since the previous class. Advice and improvement suggestions will be offered to help and encourage students towards 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.)
  • An exercise book, pen or pencil will be required, but students are encouraged to read fiction novels and short stories. Students with visual impairment are advised to bring magnifying aids, and those who are deaf to use their hearing aids.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Creative Writing books containing information to different depths and levels of understanding can be loaned from Public Libraries to enhance the knowledge learned in class. Writing on a regular basis will benefit students.

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 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
  • Creative Writing students will improve in abilities and confidence enough to attend Universities, Further Education Colleges or Distance Learning, or self-publish their novels.

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Writers' Workshop


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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