Creative Writing

Ref: C3741804

This course, supervised by a widely published prize-winning writer, aims to help you find and improve the way you want to write and the kind of writing (fiction, poetry, drama, personal) you're interested in. A typical session starts with discussion of 'homework' from the previous week. Students read from their stories, chapters, poems, plays or memoirs and we discuss them as a class led by the tutor. Work can be given in for written comments by the tutor. General questions may also arise during the discussion (for example the use of personal experience in one's writing). After the brief coffee break, if all readers have been heard, we do some exercises on particular skills, and then discuss the handout which suggests work to do for next week, though you are free to do something different if you are particularly moved to do so.

Course aim

The purpose of this course is for students to learn, develop and improve basic creative writing skills, looking at genre and form, representing people and places, avoidance of cliché, and using point of view.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Write complete texts which show awareness of the conventions of your preferred genre
  • Write economically and make use of suggestion
  • Avoid cliches
  • Vary your language from the points of view of tone and pace
  • Enjoyment through the practice of an art

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?

  • 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 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Acceptance of work for publication in a magazine. Acceptance of work by an agent to seek a publisher on your behalf

Download full course outline

Creative Writing Course Outline


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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