Creative Writing

Ref: C3530638

Put pen to paper and write. These are practical sessions designed to get you writing, and thinking about your writing. There will be writing exercises in the sessions, optional homework tasks and the opportunity to share your writing with the group. Draw inspiration, practice key techniques and discuss theories. The emphasis is on enjoyment, and finding your own style in a friendly and positive group environment. The focus will be on prose forms, particularly short story and flash fiction, but experiments with style are encouraged. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Sessions will include advice on publishing opportunities and competitions.

Additional information about this course

NB This course runs on alternate weeks

Course aim

To provide a supportive and encouraging environment for us to practise and develop story-writing skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Plan and complete a piece of creative writing from an exercise set by the tutor.
  • Identify how the narrator controls our responses in a piece of prose - fiction or non-fiction.
  • Identify the difference between 'story-building' and extraneous details.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Writing tasks in the class are intended to provide material that can be developed in your own time - often as the basis for an optional homework task.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring your preferred writing materials - pen/pencils and notebook/paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Submit writing to competitions and publishers. Join or set up a writing group. Participate in open-mic events.

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Creative Writing


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  • 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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