Creative Writing - Beginners

Ref: C3674573

Try your hand at writing poems and/or stories in the company of like-minded people. This relaxed and supportive group will help you to find your voice as a writer and to develop your own unique style.

Course aim

Working at your own level you will explore a range of writing which will include poems, stories and memoire. You will have the opportunity to write and perform a piece as part of the Headingley Lit Fest.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • All are welcome on this fun and friendly course.

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

  • Prepare a short piece of writing and perform it as part of Headingley Literature Festival.
  • Recognise the features of children's stories for different age groups and write a story aimed at a specific age bracket/reading level.
  • Extend and develop your feedback/appreciation skills.
  • Write a poem in a fixed form, such as a sonnet
  • Write stories and poems starting with a varied range of prompts.

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
  • Learners are encouraged to read their homework out in class (not compulsory). If a copy of this work is supplied to the tutor some brief feedback notes will be returned.

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.)
  • Please bring a pen and paper. Laptops and tablets can also be used.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Enter competitions, submit work for publication, self-publication, open mic performances, higher and further education courses.

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Creative Writing - Beginners


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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