Creative Writing Summer Workshops

Ref: C2342743

This course, taught by a published poet and fiction writer, is about making the most of your work in creative writing. It allows you to meet like-minded writers and discuss work created over a series of exercises in poetry and prose. So come along, have a go, and make your written work the best it can be. You will create work that you feel proud of, and note what works well for your style; and if you find elements in your work that chime less well with your style, think of how to improve, or replace these.

Course aim

This course, taught by a published writer, is about making the most of your skills in poetry and prose. It also considers what to expand and explore with regards to writing techniques, in order to make your writing the best it can be.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It might be that if you are a beginner, you take note from more practised writers attending, as they can advise and enhance your work as much as the tutor does.

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

  • Identify the techniques that work well for your writing style.
  • Identify elements that chime less well with your style, and suggest ways to get rid of, or replace these.
  • Explore editing, cutting and polishing.
  • Develop usage of atmospheric words and phrases.
  • Create work that you feel proud of.

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 might take. Please also switch off mobile phones unless using these as a notebook, or in an emergency. First five minutes of the session 'sharing time' for writers', arts, and WEA news and opportunities.

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 work home to read and comment on, please let her know if you don't wish work to be written on!

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, folder, and writer's notebook. It might be worth bringing in all your work for the course each week, 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
  • Books, websites and apps recommended throughout course. Tutor's books Mr Bowlly Regrets - Poems, Brand New Beat - stories, both King's England Press, 2017. Forthcoming from same press, Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday - poems.

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
  • Previous students have started creative writing degrees whilst continuing to do WEA courses, published, performed and entered competitions with their work. Tutor always happy to advise.

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Creative Writing Summer 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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