Creative Writing: Poetry, Prose and Scripting

Ref: C3674871

Develop your creative writing skills through reading a wide variety of texts. Extend your own writing skills in response to reading and discussion. Consider and respond to the creative efforts of yourself and others in the group. Enjoy immersing yourself in poetry, prose and script writing.

Course aim

Investigate possible ways of improving creative writing through wider reading, group discussion of exemplar texts and writing in response to reading and discussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you are looking to extend the range of your reading, if you feel the need to express yourself through various writing styles and if you feel you would benefit from confidence boosting, sensitive support in these matters, this course is for you.

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

  • feel confident in my response to a variety of texts presented for discussion,
  • take part confidently in group discussions of poetry, prose and drama scripts,
  • present my own pieces of creative writing to the group,
  • identify strengths and weaknesses in both my own writing and that of others and be able to suggest where improvements could take place,
  • take pride in a body of written work built up over the duration of the course.

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
  • You will be expected to maintain a willingness to engage with texts which may appear to be unfamiliar on first reading. In addition, you may also be asked to take part in writing exercises which take you beyond your normal comfort zone. Remember that tutor support will always be available.

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
  • 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
  • The tutor will offer verbal feedback after you have presented your written work to the class and when written work is taken in it will be returned with written comments designed for further improvement.

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and a writing pad will obviously be useful. A file for collecting your written work as you progress through the course will be of great value.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful to do some reading before the course. Remind yourself of the kind of things you like to read. Who are your favourite writers? What sort of things do they write and how do they do it?

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
  • A facility and skill in creative writing is a great confidence boost, opening up the way to using reading and writing as a basis for further study or involvement in community creative arts.

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Creative Writing: Poetry, Prose and Scripting


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