Creative Writing: Writing on the edge

Ref: C3530154

Writing on the edge. The most powerful creative writing can spring from our day to day lives: the experiences, tensions, individual quirkiness which can re-cast the ordinary into the unique. In this course we shall examine writers whose work is inextricably tied up with the psychological need to make sense of their complex personalities through digging deep within themselves often to the point of breakdown. A sample might include Tennessee Williams, Anne Sexton, Virginia Woolf. The purpose of the course will be to stimulate personal creative writing which is imaginative, honest and searching. Don't worry! you don't have to be 'on the edge' to do this! Just be prepared to learn, share and take a few risks with your work.

Course aim

The course aims to stimulate fresh creative writing and is suitable for those with some experience of exploring their creativity in this area. Beginners are welcome too.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Survey and discuss the work of a number of writers who could be described as 'writers on the edge'
  • Take the opportunity to use the work of these writers as stimulus springboard material for personal creative writing.
  • Enjoy the presence of a group of fellow writers with whom to share and critique work under the supervision of the Course tutor.
  • Compile a portfolio of personal creative writing through generating a weekly writing habit.
  • Build confidence in the important exercise and discipline of creative writing.

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Creative Writing: Writing on the edge


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