Creative Writing: exploring ideas'

Ref: C3530460

Explore your creativity as you write stories, true or untrue. We will be using structured exercises that practice key story-techniques. The emphasis is on enjoyment and finding your own style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills further. The course will begin with quick-start exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. We will move on to exercises that encourage experimentation in form and style and the development of a distinctive ‘writing voice’. There will be optional homework tasks, with verbal feedback, and regular opportunities to discuss writing theory. Sessions will include advice about competitions and other marketing opportunities.

Course aim

To provide creative exercises intended to encourage an imaginative approach to writing short fiction and memoir pieces.

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:

  • Respond in writing to an exercise set by the tutor
  • Identify key features of character development in a piece of prose - fiction or non-fiction.
  • Practice providing 'back-story' in a piece of writing, economically.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • There will be an optional homework task set at each session. Students are encouraged to complete this.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring your preferred writing materials - notebook/paper & pen/pencil...

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Join an informal writing group Create writing that could be submitted to writing competitions, magazines or on-line publishers.

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Creative Writing: exploring ideas'


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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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