Experiments in Creative Writing

Ref: C2342492

All are welcome to a course using exercises in both poetry and prose - which allows writers to experiment with and develop their writing skills. Taught by a published writer, the course aids writers in the discovery of their writing 'voice.' As well as exercises, homework tasks and class discussion will guide writers to better honing of their techniques. So come along, have a go, and meet like minded writers.

Course aim

This course is for anyone who wants to write, whether new or more practised. It allows students to experiment with both poetry and prose in creative writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you are a new student, you will probably learn as much from more practised writers as from the tutor - so class discussions are key to learning. Canvas and Zoom not applicable here.

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

  • Expand and develop skills in narrative (who tells a story).
  • Recognise key ways of making poetic words as atmospheric as possible.
  • Carry out cutting, editing, and polishing work. This should really benefit aims one and two.
  • Discover what you writing 'voice' may be - or at least what genres are beneficial to your writing.
  • Think of what you need to develop to hone your skills - ask 'what skills do I have?' Then, listening to other writers 'what skills would I like to develop?'

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
  • Canvas not applicable to this class. Please keep a writer's notebook whatever form, electronic or paper this may take. All writers keep notebooks differently, so there's no right or wrong way to keep one.

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
  • Canvas not applicable to this class. Tutor happy to take longer pieces home to read - do tell me if you don't want them to be written on!

What else do I need to know?

  • Zoom not applicable to this class. Paper, pen, folder, writer's notebook. Please note - unless your mobile phone is used as a notebook, or there's an emergency, please turn these off at the beginning of a session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Canvas not applicable here. No reading list but books, websites, events and apps are recommended throughout. First five minutes of class 'sharing time' for events, books, writing opportunities etc. - so please bring in your suggestions.

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
  • Keep writing, and if you gain in confidence and wish to do so, send work out for publication/ competition. Many WEA students have been very successful at this. Ask tutor and fellow students for further information.

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Experiments in 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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