Creative Writing - A Creative Approach to Life Writing

Ref: C3675265

Reading through different styles of writing: poetry and story writing, autobiography and memoir, letters and observational responses. Discussing how well these examples of writing describe various lives before thinking about our own lives and attempting a written response.

Course aim

To read about different ways of writing about individual lives. To discuss these different styles of writing and then produce our own piece of life writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students with a keen interest in reading and responding to what they have read in discussion and producing their own written responses. These written responses are shared in the class with a view to further development.

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

  • refer to a variety of pieces of writing relating to life writing which I have read.
  • discuss which pieces of writing I have read have been most influential.
  • detail the pieces of my own writing which I have produced in response to the reading and discussion on the course.
  • reflect on the critical responses to my written work which I have received from my tutor and colleagues on the course.
  • make supportive critical comments to my colleagues about the written work they present in class.

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
  • Taking part in class discussions will be a key learning process in the course and strategies will be in place to develop the confidence of individuals in this respect.

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
  • Your tutor will comment verbally on the work you present to the class, and from time to time, written pieces will be collected in for a written response from your tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • A pad and a pen are always useful as students will be writing during the course sessions, but more importantly, students should bring with them a curiosity about the written word and its effectiveness. They should also have a desire to explore their own world through writing in various forms.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Some reading around would be useful. Who are the writers who write well about their own lives? What form of writing have they chosen and how does it inspire you?

What can I do next?

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Creative Writing - A Creative Approach to Life Writing


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