Creative Writers' Workshop

Ref: C3675365

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and adept writers. Poetry and short story writing are the main subjects throughout the courses, though novel writing and autobiographies are encouraged. Extracts from published writers are studied in class. Homework assignments are given and subsequently read aloud in class to be commented on by the tutor.

Course aim

This course aims to encourage and inspire you to write creatively. Participation in debates and discussions promote learning, along with supportive feedback for the presentation of work written at home.

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
  • No previous knowledge or entry requirements are necessary to join this class.

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

  • By the end of this course the students will be able to write a short story.
  • Read my work aloud to boost my self-confidence
  • Understand poetry in its many forms and be able to analyse and understand the content
  • Compile a portfolio of completed written work, and use it to assess my weekly progress.
  • Conduct research in order to expand my own knowledge and relevance to my own work, and that of my classmates.

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
  • Students are expected to co-operate with the tutor and fellow students and receive a variety of learning methods to support and encourage active learning, so additional work completed at home may be required.

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
  • Progress is monitored on a weekly basis at each class, usually after each student has presented the work written at home to the class. If needed, advice, hints and tips will be offered to improve the standard of their work.

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.)
  • An exercise book, pen and pencil will be needed at class. Students are encouraged to read fiction novels, short stories and poetry at home to gain background knowledge. The visually impaired are advised to bring magnifying aids, and the hearing impaired to have hearing aids with them.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Creative Writing manuals are widely available to buy,,or loan from Public Libraries. if read they may have a different way of imparting knowledge but offer the same information. If read, they may enhance their experience within the class, as will writing on a regular basis.

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
  • Creative Writing enables those students whose abilities and confidence in themselves are enough to attain places in Colleges of Further Education and Universities, or home study by Distance Learning. Some have self-published their work, or try to attain representation through Literary agents.

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Creative Writers' Workshop


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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
  • 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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