Exploring Creative Writing

Ref: C2341766

This course, taught by a published writer, aims to get writers to think about their skills in creative writing and how to make the most of these. Using exercises in both poetry and prose, the course aims to allow participants the time to really think about what they wish to achieve from their work, and explore techniques that will get their words to shine. Editing and polishing skills will be developed throughout the course.

Course aim

This course is aimed at people wishing to make their writing, whether poetry or prose, the best it can be. Taught by a published writer it considers how to write well, and polish what you have written.

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:

  • Create stories that have sound structures, and know what to alter to make a story travel well from a to b.
  • Recognise what makes a clear and memorable poetic image.
  • Retain skills that allow writers to polish and edit work.
  • Think about what sort of words and phrases to 'cut out' from writing.
  • Develop a sense of what your 'writing voice' may be.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • First five minutes of the course 'sharing time' for WEA, and writing/ cultural information. Please keep a writer's notebook, whatever form -electronic or otherwise - 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
  • The tutor is happy to take home longer pieces of work to read and comment on, please let her know if you don't wish these to be written on.

What else do I need to know?

  • Pens, paper, folder, and writer's notebook - whatever form this takes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No book list, but books, apps, websites etc recommended throughout. Please bring your own discoveries for 'sharing time.' Tutor's current book of poems Mr Bowlly Regrets (King's England, 2017) with a new volume, Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday due from the same press in 2019.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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
  • You can carry on writing and, should you so wish, send your work out for publication (advice always available), or perform your work.

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Exploring Creative Writing


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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