Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C3742881

This course is for you to enjoy developing your creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development. All forms are covered, including novels, plays, poems, short stories, memoirs and feature articles. We will have discussions on various aspects of writing, projects and discussion of your work in a friendly and constructive setting.

Course aim

For you to enjoy developing your writing skills in a friendly and constructive setting. All forms of writing are covered and students at all stages. Beginners welcome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only qualification is an interest in developing your creative writing skills.

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

  • Show development of my writing skills
  • Show development in assessing my own work
  • Have experimented in writing in different forms
  • Be aware of publication guidelines, should these be needed

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
  • Feedback on writing in progress during the class will chiefly relate to work you have written in your own time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Feedback on writing will be both from the tutor and members of the class.

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.)
  • It would be useful, though not essential, to have access to the internet. The only materials needed are pen or pencil and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre-reading is formally required but writers usually read widely. It would be useful to look at publications such as 'Becoming a Writer' by Dorothea Brande and the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Continuing to revise and edit writing still in progress is a useful step. Considering possible publication outlets where publication is aimed at would be needed.

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Writing for Pleasure

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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