Making the most of Creative Writing

Ref: C2342714

Do you write? Or would you like to write? This course (taught by a published poet and fiction writer) allows you to make the most of your literary techniques. Using exercises in both poetry and prose, plus on-the-spot editing tips, the course enables both your skills and writing 'voice' to develop. So come along, have a go, and meet like-minded writers. Advice will be available to those wanting to send out their work for publication, but, even if just writing for yourself, the exercises help your work develop into being the best it can be.

Course aim

This course is for creative writers who want to make the most of their writing. Taught by a published poet and fiction writer, it allows writers to develop their work's potential via exercises in poetry and prose.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It may be that if your are new, you learn as much from more practised writers attending the course, as from the course tutor.

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

  • Consider what your main writing skills are - and how best to develop these.
  • Identify what you wish your writing 'voice' to be, and explore ways of developing this.
  • Develop and hold on to tips on how to best edit and polish your work.
  • Decide which techniques on the course you have learned most from, and how to take full advantage of these.

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, electronic or otherwise, this may take. Also, note advice from tutor and fellow students. Please turn off mobile phones unless using these as notebooks, or in case of emergency.

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
  • Tutor happy to take longer pieces home to read - please say if you don't want these writing on.

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, and writer's notebook. Bringing all work for class to each session is a good idea, then you can refer back.

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 available from King's England Press, 2017. Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday forthcoming from the same press. Books, websites and apps recommended throughout 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 send work out for publication/ competition and continue to do so outside the course, others seek degrees whilst continuing WEA writing workshops. Tutor always happy to advise.

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Making the most 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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