Creative Writing

Ref: C3743059

This is a constructive and friendly creative writing course for both beginners and more experienced writers. In each session the tutor will give prompts and set tasks to encourage weekly writing. Feedback will be given both orally in the session and in writing on work handed in. Where appropriate, students will be encouraged to prepare work for publication, using editing and re-drafting skills, and to enter work for competitions if they so wish.

Course aim

To prompt and encourage the writing of short fiction, memoirs and poems in a friendly environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Write with clarity.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism to enable my work to progress.
  • Demonstrate skills in characterisation, setting, plot, dialogue and viewpoint in short fiction.
  • Experiment with writing a free-verse poem and a poem in a traditional form.
  • Plan and write a longer short story (3000 words plus) or plan and write a short collection of poems.

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

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

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.)
  • Pen and paper for writing in the session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Reading a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pleasure is desirable.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Creative Writing

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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