Creative Writers' Workshop

Ref: C3674965

This course is suitable for students of all levels of ability, but is mainly concerned with learning how to write short stories, considering all the essential elements, such as plot, structure, character, conflict, pace, tone, dialogue, and will introduce students to writing poetry. The class is tailored to meet individual students needs and maintain their interest, and progress towards achieving their full potential.

Course aim

The course aim is to encourage and inspire students to write imaginatively and creatively, using best practice examples designed to stimulate written work at home for critiquing by the tutor and classmates, and to promote further study or research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • No skills or experience are needed. A grounding in basic English Language is required

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

  • Produce a short story.
  • Achieve a greater understanding of fictionalised stories.
  • Share aspects of self-directed learning or research on specific subjects, and discuss their findings with fellow students.
  • Compile a portfolio of completed works to be added to on subsequent courses.
  • Gain in confidence through their weekly progress and achievements, so that their ambitions grow, sufficient to pitching to an agent or publisher.

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
  • A variety of teaching and learning methods are used designed to encourage active involvement of students in classroom learning. A semi-formal atmosphere is created in which students respond and interact by reading aloud work written at home for evaluation by herself and classmates.

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
  • 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 monitor your progress on a weekly basis, and offer advice and suggestions designed to improve your work, supporting and encouraging you to build your future achievements.

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.)
  • Writing paper and a pen, an A4 folder will be needed, plus any magnifying or hearing aids you use. No prior reading for this course is required but students will be encouraged to read fiction novels and short stories once the course has started.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • No specific books are required to be read before the course, but a wide range of Creative Writing books can be purchased or loaned from the Public Library. Reading them can consolidate the knowledge imparted in class.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • The skill of expressing oneself clearly in writing takes time and practice. Whether taking this course for pleasure or to gain employment, writing succinctly will prove an invaluable asset. It can raise your confidence levels, optimism and instigate a desire to study the subject further.

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Creative Writers' Workshop

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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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