Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C3741328

Enjoy developing your writing ability. All stages - beginners are welcome. All forms are covered: poetry, novels, short stories, plays, feature articles and memoirs. Many aspects are included - getting started, shaping short stories, poetry, creating characters, writing dialogue and publication guidelines for those requiring them. There will be readings and discussion of members' work in a constructive and friendly setting and some writing projects in class.

Course aim

For you to enjoy developing your skills in a friendly constructive setting. The emphasis is on individual development through readings of work and discussion of many aspects of writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • the only qualifications are interest in creative writing and developing the skills.

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

  • Show development of writing skills.
  • Have experience of writing in your desired form or variety of forms.
  • Have developed ability to assess your own work.
  • Know how to present work for publication, if desired.

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
  • Writing at home is part of the course. This will be at your own pace.

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
  • Feedback from reading your work in a constructive and friendly setting. In addition, feedback from discussion of various forms of writing.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring pen or pencil and paper and, if possible, work in progress to discuss.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • There is no official reading but the Writers and Artists' Yearbook is useful and Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Further work on writing still in progress and taking steps towards publication, if publication is an aim.

Download full course outline

Writing for Pleasure Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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