Writers Workshop Term 3

Ref: C3672641

This is a workshop and will provide an opportunity for students to work on their own writing projects and have their work analysed and commented on by other students and the tutor. It would suit people with some writing experience.

Course aim

To provide a mutually supportive and enjoyable experience of creative writing with activities that lead to the development of each writer's skills in accordance with their individual starting points and objectives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for anyone with reasonable fluency in English and a keen desire to develop their own creative writing but would best suit writers with some experience who have their own projects in hand.

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

  • Observe and enquire into the ways writers create their works, particularly how they achieve effective pace in the work.
  • Comment on techniques for creating effective pace in writing poetry and prose, and other techniques of writing.
  • Engage in positive critical analysis of the work of other students.
  • See some development in writing techniques in your own work, whether poetry or prose.
  • Write passages in which specific techniques are used for particular aims.

How will I be taught?

  • Students will present pieces of their own writing, and constructive feedback will be offered by peers and the tutor. Model passages will be presented and voluntary homework will be set.Students will mainly be working on their own pieces of writing.

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
  • 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
  • Every student will be able to present a piece of writing during each session and constructive feedback will be offered by the tutor at that time and possibly also online.

What else do I need to know?

  • You will have to bring copies of your own work and also writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is essential for students to engage in a wide variety of reading of a literary nature for their own pleasure.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Enrol in Arvon writing courses and/or any of a wide selection of writing courses advertised in the media. Progress to an MA in writing at Sheffield Hallam University or other university. Continue writing for publication.

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Writers Workshop Term 3

Conditions

You can 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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