Creative Writing Workshops

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Are you a new writer? Or a seasoned writer wanting to expand your skills and techniques? Then come and have a go at this creative course, which features exercises in both poetry and prose. Taught by a published poet and fiction writer, the course looks at exploring how best to develop your ways with words. So come along, meet like-minded writers, and have a go at finding out what best inspires you.

Course aim

This course is a creative writing course featuring exercises in both poetry and prose. Taught by a published writer, it is suitable for both beginners and returning learners.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you are a new student, it might be worth noting you'll learn as much from your fellow writers on the course, as from the tutor.

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

  • Identify which techniques and ideas seem to fit best with your writing 'voice.' This first outcome also fits well with outcome two.
  • Develop an idea about what you want to write, how you want to write it - all those elements that go to make-up a writer's distinctive 'voice.'
  • Demonstrate the use of atmospheric writing - using the best words and phrases for the job.
  • Carry out editing, polishing, and cutting work. These techniques will be discussed and used throughout the course.
  • For those wishing to send work out to publishers, journals and competitions, advice will be on hand - both from the tutor and experienced students.

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 keep a writer's notebook, whatever form, paper or electronic this might take. Please keep mobile phones switched off during sessions, unless using one as a notebook, or in an emergency. First five minutes 'sharing time' for opportunities, events, and writing experiences (includes WEA news).

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 included in course. Please bring relevant ideas from any good books you've read to share. If you're new, listen to more practised writers and learn from their experiences. Tutor happy to take longer pieces home to read - please say if you don't want these written on!

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, writer's notebook.

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 set in the 1960s, both King's England Press 2017. Forthcoming from the same press - Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday, poems. Recommendations of books, websites, apps, throughout the course.

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
  • Some students have been published, placed in competitions, or performed their work at open mics. Tutor and students supportive in these endeavours. Some students have gone on to creative writing degrees, whilst continuing with their WEA workshops. If you want to send work out, please ask advice.

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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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