Creative Writing

Ref: C3126674

If you've already attended a basic creative writing course and feel you want to extend your knowledge then this is for you. We will look at life writing, the short story, touch on 'love' poetry, the 'family saga' novel and scriptwriting for radio. We shall explore the difference between first and third person narratives, focus on current themes in short fiction and write love poems with an eye on e-zines and publication. There will also be back-up exercises and information on problem areas such as punctuation and homophones. Students will be encouraged to do a small amount of research on the internet.

Course aim

This course is designed to broaden and strengthen beginner writers' appreciation of the main forms of creative writing. It will particularly appeal to those students who've attended a WEA course on Creative Writing recently.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The group is friendly and welcoming but students must be prepared to share their work and listen to others' work and opinions. A good basic grasp of written English should be a given.

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

  • understand and make use of the difference between first and third person narratives
  • recognise what the publishers of short stories want in terms of themes and language
  • write a short 'love' poem to a partner or friend
  • plot a family novel
  • recognise how to go about writing a script for the radio

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 encouraged to attend a local live literature event to see other local writers sharing their work.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook plus a pen or pencil or laptop would be ideal. Access to a computer/ printer is also pretty essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A genuine enthusiasm for reading contemporary novels, short stories, poetry, plays and other books, e.g children's fiction, is essential. A love of language and a desire to tell stories is the key.

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
  • There are many possible 'next steps', including signing up for another course along more specialised lines, but the tutor will provide information as and where appropriate.

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Creative Writing


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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
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