Creative Writing: Skills and Stories

Ref: C2341682

Do you write and want to expand your bank of skills? Or have you always wanted to write and need a place to start from, or to share your work if you have written alone? Then this course is for you. Taught via exercise and class discussion by a published writer, it considers how writers can make the very most of their skills to create atmospheric, polished and (if you so desire) publishable work. Editing and cutting work will be considered throughout the course - so come along, have a go, and meet like-minded writers.

Course aim

This course is aimed to get writers of both poetry and fiction making the very most of their creative work. Taught by a published author, it looks at maximising your creative writing skills via exercises and class discussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All welcome, and we'll use ten minutes in the first session to introduce ourselves and talk about our work.

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

  • Recognise key ideas in creative writing and how to create a strong story-line.
  • Discuss and implement the use of back-stories in fiction.
  • Recognise and explain what makes a poem work - we'll look at some poems in order to achieve this.
  • Implement elements of cutting, editing, and polishing to your work (this done throughout the course).
  • Demonstrate how to play with atmospheric words and phrases.

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
  • Please bring and develop a writer's notebook - whether paper or electronic is up to you - as this is crucial to a writer's development. First five minutes of each class 'sharing time' for opportunities - WEA, reading matter, writing and cultural events and opportunities.

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
  • Please say if there's something you don't wish to read aloud in a session, and we can move on. Do bring your notebook and any news on publication, good/ bad experiences in writing for 'sharing time.'

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, notebook of whatever the chosen form, and a folder to keep work in.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Tutor's forthcoming works are Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday (poems) and Livin' in a Great Big way (novel) both King's England Press, 2019, and if you want to see some of her published work go to www.kingsengland.com where her author page resides.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Continue writing, and maybe seek publication if you so wish, or perform your work at public events.

Download full course information sheet

Creative Writing: Skills and Stories

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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