Creative Writers' Workshop

Ref: C3672981

The course is suitable for all students who are willing to learn, whether able bodied, disabled or incapacitated, or of different ethnic backgrounds. Attending and participating the course has proved satisfactory and enjoyable and beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing. The course is intended to encourage and engage interest in reading to enrich their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation and learn techniques to use in their own stories, non-fiction articles and essays, and poetry. Interested parties who want to write longer pieces of fiction such as novels, often conduct additional research to enhance their writing. It is structured for students at all levels of intelligence, from the basic to more accomplished in literacy skills, and students can contribute to class discussions or debates. Each student has a tailor made learning package made for them designed to spur them into achieving their full potential and produce work of a publishable standard.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to engage interest in all aspects of Creative Writing, and to encourage students to read, write articles, essays short fiction stories and poems.

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, and the venue is equipped for those needing disabled access and utilities. No previous knowledge of the subject is required.

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

  • Produce a short story or article.
  • Create a portfolio of their written work.
  • Read aloud and gain in confidence to offer feedback to other students.
  • Understand the many forms of poetry enough to analyse the content and structure of poems.
  • Reveal aspects of their research to the class and enter into the discussions generated from this.

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
  • Oral, audio-visual aids, part recordings and objects will be used to stimulate Creative Writing ideas.

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
  • You will receive feedback, encouragement and suggestions to improve your work each week after your work has been presented.

What else do I need to know?

  • An A4 pad or notebook, pen or pencil will be useful. If students need to use magnifying glasses due to visual problems then please bring your own.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • No specific books are required prior to the start of the course, but Creative Writing text books can be loaned from Public libraries. Students are encouraged to read widely to improve their skills and learn from published authors.

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 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Whether writing for pleasure or to gain employment students find their self-confidence and self-expression enough to impress prospective employers, or to be promoted in an existing career, or apply to study at Colleges and Universities.

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Creative Writers' Workshop

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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