Creative Writing

Ref: C2341578

Do you write? Do you want to make the most of your work? Then this course, taught by a published writer, is for you. Exercises in both poetry and prose allow you to make the very best of your writing, and feedback from both fellow students and tutor allows you to explore what is good about your work, and what can be improved upon. So come, join in, have a go at new exercises, and make your writing the best it can be.

Course aim

This course (taught by a published author), is meant to get writers exploring their creative writing skills via exercises in both poetry and prose.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise key creative writing ideas in prose.
  • Recognise what elements make a poem work.
  • Use words to enhance atmosphere and mood in short fiction.
  • Use words to create strong poetic images.
  • Demonstrate how to polish and edit work (these skills will be considered throughout the class).

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
  • Be prepared to keep a writer's notebook, whatever form - electronic or paper - this may take.

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
  • If you are asked to read aloud and do not wish to share work, just let the tutor know and we can move on. First five minutes of each class 'sharing time' for information (what's on, WEA, and writing opportunities).

What else do I need to know?

  • pen, paper, notebook (of whatever form), and folder.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor's forthcoming books, Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday (poems), and Livin' in a Great Big Way (novel), both due from King's England in 2019. For a look at the tutor's work see www.kingsengland.com

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • 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
  • Continuing writing and sending work out for publication, should you so wish.

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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 2019
  • 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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