Creative Writing Workshops

Ref: C2342621

Do you write and want to make your writing the best it can be? Do you wish to expand your techniques and skills? Then come along, meet other writers and benefit from the experience of a published author who teaches the class. Exercises in poetry and prose will reveal what skills you already possess, and how to maximise these - as well as you learning new techniques along the way. Writing exercises will also consider how to best edit and polish your work, and advice will be on-hand for those wishing to send out their work for publication.

Course aim

This course is taught by a published writer and is about expanding and making the most of your creative writing skills and techniques. The course also considers how to edit and polish work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone writing, or who wants to write. Newcomers may learn as much from more practised writers, as they do from the tutor. Please keep a writer's notebook, whatever form, electronic or otherwise, this may take.

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

  • Identify what you wish to write, and what techniques you already possess.
  • Develop new techniques and skills that will benefit those mentioned in outcome 1.
  • Make your words and phrases as atmospheric as these can be - this often involves not 'settling' for your first draft.
  • Recognise and explain those skills that enable you to edit and polish work - such as 'cutting down' techniques.
  • State at least one thing you learn from discussions of the work of others.

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 your writer's notebook. An attendance of literary events such as poetry readings outside the class is always beneficial, as is reading as much as you can (past and present) in your chosen genre.

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
  • Keep your writer's notebook going, and discuss how this works in class. Listen to other students' experiences of writing. If you write something outside the class bring it in - longer pieces can be extracted but the tutor's happy to take stuff home to read and comment on.

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, writer's notebook. First five minutes of the course 'sharing time' for educational and arts experiences/opportunities. Please switch your mobile off, unless using as a notebook or in emergency.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Tutor's current books, both King's England Press 2017, Mr Bowlly Regrets - poems, Brand New Beat - stories. Forthcoming from the same publisher - Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday. Books, websites and apps recommended throughout, bring yours to 'sharing time.'

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
  • 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
  • Keep writing, consider sending work out for publication. Some students have gone on to Higher Ed, whilst continuing writing workshops with WEA. Some students may want to perform their work at open mics (I'm happy to advise and creatively support).

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Creative Writing Workshops

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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