All Kinds of Creative Writing

Ref: C2342578

Do you write and wish to improve your work? Would you like to join a group of like-minded writers, taught by a published poet and fiction author? Then come along and explore and improve your own skills and writing 'voice'. Taught by using exercises in both poetry and prose this course is about sharpening your techniques, honing the talents you have, and discussing how best to edit and polish your work. Advice will be available for those wishing to send work out for publication.

Course aim

This course aims to get students writing by using exercises in both poetry and prose. Taught by a published writer, it looks at expanding skills and techniques, as well as how to edit and polish work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It might be worth noting that if you are a new student, more practised writing students will offer good advice during discussions. The tutor is happy to take longer pieces home to advise and comment on. Just come along and write - whatever your level!

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

  • Write with more confidence and list at least 2 key writing skills.
  • Identify and list at least 2 techniques you already possess that you might expand on/develop.
  • Choose at least 3 new adjectives and 3 new adverbs in order to make your chosen words more atmospheric.
  • Try new ideas, and be open to these in your everyday writing.
  • Give/show at least 2 examples of how to edit and polish work as you go along.

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
  • Keep a writer's notebook - whatever form, electronic or otherwise this might take. It may also help your learning if you attend readings, and events outside the class, as well as keeping reading.

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
  • Homework to bring back and share, plus if you are working on something else, feel free to bring it in. Longer pieces should be read in extract, tutor happy to take these home and have a look (please let me know if you don't want these written on!)

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, writer's notebook - please turn mobile phones off during class, unless you are using yours as a notebook, or it's an emergency.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Tutor's current books, Mr Bowlly Regrets, poems. Brand New Beat, stories. Both King's England 2017. Forthcoming from the same publisher: Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday - poems. Books, websites, apps, etc recommended throughout.

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
  • 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
  • First five minutes of each course 'sharing time' for educational and creative information. You could consider sending work out to anthologies, magazines, publishers, or competitions.

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All Kinds of 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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