Writing Suffolk: From Jemima Puddleduck to The Tempest

Ref: C2227029

If you're interested in how literature can make imaginative use of landscape and place, this course of five sessions will explore how East Anglia has been an inspiration and influence to a number of writers. Each session will do two things: 1) it will explore 'big-picture' considerations of where and when and why a given book was written and 2) it will also pay attention to specific parts of a given text and also consider how they have been enjoyed and understood since their publication. Each session will be supported by handouts for reference and further consideration. Each session will also provide a handout identifying further reading related to a particular text.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed.

Course aim

The purpose of this course will be to engage participants in a range of literary genres and forms in terms of how East Anglia is used as a point of reference and influence on the stories and narratives being told in both fiction and non-fiction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only requirement is a curiosity about how literature develops and functions and, therefore, becomes meaningful to us.

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

  • Identify a number of literary genres and writers working within those genres.
  • Analyse the relationship between a given book and the circumstances of its creation and writing.
  • Engage with ways in which narratives communicate values.
  • Analyse literary devices of structure, characterisation.
  • Consider the ways in which time changes the ways in which literature is understood.

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
  • Each session will comprise a presentation by the tutor but the sessions will always allow opportunity for discussion between the participants about the material being considered.

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • The tutor is happy to advise accordingly on opportunities for study beyond the sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please do bring a notepad and pen or pencil if you wish to take notes. You will be provided with handouts to accompany each session. Further to discussion with the class, the tutor can provide further resources by email but, aware that not everybody has email, hardcopy material can be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Ideally, before each class participants will have read in part or whole a given text. However, within each session an excerpt from a given book will be made available for everyone to refer to for discussion.

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
  • If you have a particular interest in Higher Education, the tutor is in a position to advise further as he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and continues to work in Higher Education alongside his WEA work.

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Writing Suffolk: From Jemima Puddleduck to The Tempest

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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