Writing Your Life Story

Ref: C3672603

This course will explore different approaches to writing and various techniques to make it a good read. There will be plenty of ideas to discuss and try out with feed back from other students as well as the tutor. Attention will be given to making the most out of everyday, routine situations as well as unusual and dramatic experiences. There will be an emphasis on working together as a group and giving stories some relevance and authenticity through giving them some social context. Suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.

Course aim

To introduce and confirm the basics of creative writing for life stories or completely fictional short stories and to provide new ideas for writing topics.

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:

  • Use the 'show not tell' technique of descriptive writing.
  • Use everyday situations as a basis for creative writing.
  • Use something I have learned from another member of the class.
  • Illustrate my writing with some period detail or some other social background.
  • Demonstrate a particular outcome of my own choosing.

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
  • Discussion and reflection in pairs or as a whole group. Use of handouts provided and guidelines and extracts from published work.

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?

  • A ring binder in which to keep your work and your handouts. A computer word processing facility is very useful but not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Bringing a piece of recent written work to the first meeting might be useful but not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • 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

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Writing Your Life Story


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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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