Short Story Writing

Ref: C2225372

'A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.' ~Stephen King Pucker up, and join us to explore the short form. Studying well-loved stories, as well as ground-breaking modern fiction, we will discover what makes a good short story. There will be plenty of opportunity for experimentation, writing, listening and feedback.

Course aim

A Brief introduction to short story writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • identify the short story form and demonstrate understanding of one or more of those forms through creating your own short story.
  • examine character arcs in the traditional short story form and demonstrate your understanding through writing your own.
  • identify how writers structure the short story and demonstrate understanding through planning a short story
  • develop an understanding of alternative styles and structures; construct your own 'alternative' short story.
  • identify what you want to say and how you want to say it within the short story form.

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 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Short Story Writing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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