Creative Writing

Ref: C3742599

This course is run by the widely published prize winning writer, John Haynes. We look at the basics of good writing, such as economy, honesty, observation, originality and emotion. It doesn't matter how little or how much previous experience you have had, we all join in, and encourage each other. Students and sometimes the tutor read their work-in-progress to the class for friendly and supportive discussion and tutor-advice. Work can also be given to the tutor to comment on in writing or email.

Course aim

To provide encouraging insight into the basics of good imaginative writing: short story, novel, biography and personal writing, poems, drama.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Write in an economical and interesting way
  • Shape a piece of writing into a whole, a story, a poem, and play,
  • Spot some dos and don'ts of good writing, such as be spefic, don't use cliches
  • edit and improve my own work

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
  • The course encourages discussion and encouragement

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

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.)
  • You nee a notebook or notepad and something to write with

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Some of our students in the past have had their work published gone on to do creative writing degrees at univeristy

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Creative Writing


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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