Writing Personal Stories

Ref: C2341574

This course is aimed at women who are interested in writing personal stories. It will provide participants with the different styles of writing personally, e.g. memoirs, autobiographies, and autoethnographies. Participants will be given the opportunity to write a personal narrative and receive feedback from their peers.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the different genres for writing personal memories with a view to writing a personal story.

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:

  • By the end of the course I will be able to name three different styles of personal writing
  • By the end of the course I will be able to give critical feedback to others on their writing
  • By the end of the course I will be able to write a short piece about my life.
  • By the end of the course I will be able to edit my work using the feedback from the tutor.
  • By the end of the course I will be able to discuss how to improve my 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

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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?

  • Participants will need writing material e.g. paper and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Participants will be provided with reading material throughout the course.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Writing Personal Stories

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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