Women’s Stories: Portsmouth 1960 Onwards

Ref: C3743747

Student work will be compiled into a group record. With consent, some stories may be given to Portsmouth University towards their project to find under-represented stories of women between 1960-2018 and, possibly, local female 'heroes' for posterity. It is hoped that women from diverse backgrounds will offer their stories.

Course aim

How has Portsmouth changed your life? Have you improved the City in some way? 'Women's Stories' will enable female students from all backgrounds to create autobiographical text, video or small art works about significant events in their lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only - it is to address the under-representation of women's stories in the Portsmouth historical archives.

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

  • choose a suitable event for a short autobiographical piece (written, filmed, created art)
  • explore ways to comfortably share my stories in a supportive female-only group
  • understand ways I can to tell my story to a wider, mixed audience
  • create a short work about my story

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 need to have lived in Portsmouth some time during 1960-2018 and be prepared to tell a few of your experiences to other people.

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
  • You may prefer to use film or small art pieces to deliver your story. Non-English speakers may join and we will try to find a translator to make stories accessible to all.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • You will have access to the computers in the classroom to create typed pieces. You may record your stories on DVD or audio-recorder which we will provide.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • it might be helpful if you have time before the course to make a few notes of particular events, you would like to tell others about, of your life in Portsmouth since 1960.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • you might like to join a Creative Writing course or begin your own autobiography

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Women’s Stories: Portsmouth 1960 Onwards

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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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