Creative Writing

Ref: C3741529

This is a constructive and friendly creative writing course for both beginners and more experienced writers. In each session the tutor will give prompts and set tasks to encourage weekly writing. Feedback will be given both orally in the session and in writing on work handed in. Where appropriate, students will be encouraged to prepare work for publication, using editing and re-drafting skills, and to enter work for competitions if they so wish.

Course aim

To prompt and encourage the writing of short fiction, memoirs and poems in a friendly environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Write with clarity.
  • Give and receive constructive comment to enable my work to progress.
  • Demonstrate skills in characterisation, setting, plot, dialogue and viewpoint in short fiction.
  • Experiment with form and meter in traditional poetry.
  • Experiment with writing free verse poetry.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

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.)
  • Pen and paper for writing in the session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Reading a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pleasure is desirable.

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

Download full course outline

Creative Writing 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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