Explorations of Creative Writing

Ref: C2340649

This course is about writing well. Do you write fiction or poetry? Do you want to hone your creative writing ideas, skills, and tool-kit? Taught by a published poet and short fiction writer, this course considers how to make the most of your work, how to polish and edit pieces, and where to send work off to should you so wish. If you write for yourself, family and friends, or for a larger audience and with publication in mind - you want to make your work the best it can be. This course, taught by exercise, discussion, and reading work aloud, should help you achieve your writing goals.

Course aim

This course is aimed at getting writers to write as well as they can, whether this is poetry or prose. Taught by a published writer, the course looks at how to polish skills, and make the most of your words and written work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for both new and more practised writers.

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

  • Recognise and adapt key skills in poetry.
  • Recognise and adapt key skills in prose.
  • Learn how to craft a first draft.
  • Recognise how to adapt and work-on my first draft.
  • Know how to polish and edit 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Please keep a writer's notebook, either electronic or paper, and use it to write down thoughts, observations, and ideas.

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
  • Reading work aloud to the class. Workshop activities. First five minutes of each class - sharing time for events and opportunities.

What else do I need to know?

  • paper, pen, folder, writer's notebook - paper or electronic.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No reading list but books, web sites, apps and other information will be listed. Tutor's latest books - Mr Bowlly Regrets (poems) and Brand New Beat (stories) both King's England 2017.

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
  • Publishing and performing your work.

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Explorations of Creative Writing


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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