Creative Writing for pleasure

Ref: C2340893

This course, taught by a published poet and fiction writer, considers the best way to write - and how to make the most of your work, whether this be poetry or prose. The course also looks at editing and crafting skills for writers.

Course aim

This course is aimed at writers who want to make the most of their work - both in poetry and prose.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • All welcome and no knowledge assumed - new learners may learn much from the more practised writers on the course.

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

  • Recognise and develop key creative writing skills.
  • Play with how stories work, and what are the best endings and beginnings for these.
  • Recognise key elements of characterisation.
  • Know how to make poetic language interesting for readers.
  • Have developed skills in crafting and polishing 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, whichever form, electronic or paper, this may take.

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
  • Tutor happy to take longer pieces home to read - please say if you don't want me to write on them!

What else do I need to know?

  • pen, paper, folder, and any type of writer's notebook - paper or electronic.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No course books but apps, websites, and, most crucially, books, recommended. Tutor's current books, Mr Bowlly Regrets, poems, and Brand New Beat, stories, 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Write, send work off for publication or competition, or perform your work.

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Creative Writing for pleasure


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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
  • 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

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