Creative Writing

Ref: C3673192

A fun and accessible course covering prose and poetry. From secret scribblers to wannabe prize winners - all are welcome. Writers can respond flexibly to a wide variety of prompts, learning from each other as well as the tutor. Fellow learners are supportive and the guidance offered is gentle. Feedback is given each week and each term there is an opportunity (not compulsory) to submit longer pieces for more detailed feedback.

Course aim

To develop and nurture creative writing skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

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:

  • Develop ideas and write fiction and memoir based around wastelands.
  • Write poems based on a variety of prompts.
  • Create a poem for National Poetry Day.
  • Revise my work based on tutor and peer feedback.

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 expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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 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
  • The tutor gives feedback on work read in class. Learners are encouraged to read work aloud but this is optional. There will be an 'under the microscope' workshop and peer to peer feedback offered by other learners.

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.)
  • Bring pen and paper. Laptops and tablets may be used but are not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor may suggest texts as appropriate and will provide handouts where necessary.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Learners on creative writing courses have progressed to blogging, self publishing, performing at open mic events, submitting work for competitions and publication, studying for qualifications in Creative Writing.

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Creative Writing


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

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