Reading Can Enhance your life

Ref: C2341428

In this explorational and user-friendly course the tutor hopes through sharing selected writings to enable you to enjoy and explore both the power of words and how writers achieve this power. You will also explore how words and imagery, enhance our sense of connection to others and hearten us. You will use ideas from the books mentioned below as starting points, and you will refer to books you have found in your own experience to have inspired, challenged, or even comforted you.

Additional information about this course

Mental wellbeing Project Course funded by the National Community Fund

Course aim

To show that reading poetry and novels can lift us out of our everyday experience, and can offer us pleasure, mental stimulation, a sense of wellbeing and company.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for those interested in reading about, discussing and sharing how literature can have a positive effect on our lives. It is hoped that the way the course is taught will enable us to reach deeper, more compassionate ways of understanding the human condition.

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

  • Give an account of how reading literature to enhance our wellbeing began, became established and is now being rediscovered
  • Recall and discuss how reading literature has been important to me in my life
  • Identify a book, a poem, or an author that has affected and even changed the way I think about the world
  • Learn about the books that writers have found important to them

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

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

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.)
  • Two books will be referred to during the course and you might like to buy these: i. The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart (Particular Books, 2017) ii. The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin (Canongate , 2013)

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?

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Reading Can Enhance your life


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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