Creative Writing- Taster Session

Ref: C3843046

The session will be based around reading a piece of poetry, an excerpt from a fictional work and some non fiction. Students will then have a chance to complete some of their own writing in one of these genres after engaging in close reading and analysis of notable examples of each form. These pieces will then be presented in a workshop (entirely optional) where students can read, look at and comment on each other's work from the earlier exercises and receive some constructive criticism from the class and tutor. The main focus will be to encourage students to develop and progress their own creative work in these genres as much as possible in the space of one session, as well as enjoying the examples of published works and working creatively in new ways.

Course aim

This session will focus on developing and enhancing students' creative writing skills in a piece of poetry, prose and/or non fiction. The class will comprise of close reading of key examples, creative exercises based on that, and a short workshop.

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

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

  • Begin and complete a piece of poetry, fiction or non fiction with a developed appreciation of the link between good reading and good writing
  • Understand how to start offering criticism and constructive feedback in a precise, sharp way, as well as improve my own creative work more efficiently through receiving these
  • Identify an area of creative writing that I'm keen to explore further
  • Appreciate the value of particular creative tasks and practical exercises alongside close reading in improving as a writer
  • Learn and employ a few new literary forms, genres, terms and techniques

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

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

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Writing equipment will be essential i.e. a pen, paper and notebook, or device such as a tablet or smartphone with some kind of word processing ability

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

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Creative Writing- Taster Session


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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
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  • 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
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