Creative Writing for Developers

Ref: C3127247

This course is for those who have some experience of creative writing workshops and perhaps attended a few live literature events. We will focus on some of the different approaches to narrative in the novel and the short story. We will also explore ways of constructing stories and spend some time getting to grips with character and how character is revealed in novels and short stories. There will also be opportunity to look at the basic techniques of poetry and how to make vocabulary and imagery more contemporary. We shall identify possible opportunities for students' written and 'performance' work.

Course aim

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills and confidence. It will focus on different approaches to narrative in the novel and short story and improving confidence in writing poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • An email address would be helpful as sometimes the tutor might want to send you additional texts to look at and/or ideas to consider.

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

  • recognise different kinds of narrative
  • construct different kinds of narrative with more confidence
  • show knowledge of how to construct characters
  • demonstrate how characters are revealed in stories
  • use more traditional poetic techniques with confidence

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
  • Written homework will be set most sessions so students should be prepared to spend at least an hour a week writing/ re-drafting at home.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You need to bring a notepad and pen/ pencil or a laptop for writing in class. You also need to bring a positive approach if possible.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A willingness to develop your writing of stories and poetry is the key plus an open mind.

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

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Creative Writing for Developers


This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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

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