Creative Writing for Developers

Ref: C3127463

This course is for creative writers who are beginning to get work published and/ or performed. It will cover some of the necessary information for scriptwriting, the 'rhyme' element in English poetry, plotting the novel and publishing opportunities, both mainstream and self-publishing. There will be a writing for the web element also in that we'll look briefly at podcasting and Youtube. If you have already started to get your poetry or stories published, through mainstream media or online, then this course will help you to develop your profile and skills and should lead to some successes in terms of you getting known.

Course aim

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who are already engaged in developing their writing skills. It would suit those who are beginning to submit work to magazines and publishers and/ or perform in public.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is aimed at writers who have begun to get their work published and/ or performed. A good knowledge of the contemporary writing/ performance scene would be useful and wide-reading would be essential. It is for those who are ambitious to get published and be known.

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

  • put into practice the basic elements of scriptwriting for stage or radio
  • recognise the usefulness of podcasting/ YouTube videos/ the Internet
  • use the basic types of rhyme in poetry
  • plot a traditional novel with more confidence
  • recognise the advantages and disadvantages of mainstream publishing/ self-publishing

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
  • Writing at home will be part and parcel of the course so you need to allow an hour a week or so for this. You can expect regular and helpful feedback from the tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The tutor will mark all written assignments and give helpful and supportive feedback. Where there are technical problems these will be pointed out and solutions suggested.

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.)
  • A writing notebook would be essential for your own notes/ plans/ first drafts etc. A bare minimum would be pen and paper but you may prefer to work on a laptop or similar. An internet connection would also be helpful as the tutor will suggest you check out certain websites and/ or do some research.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you are not already writing regularly and attending some live literature events then this course is probably not for you. You need to be involved and have the time and space to develop your writing.

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/
  • There are many options as a follow up for this course, possibly with other providers. The WEA tutor will be offering a course on 'writing & the environment' in the summer and runs creative writing days in Shropshire that may be of interest.

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Creative Writing for Developers

Enrolment Conditions

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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