Creative Writing - Short Stories

Ref: C3530653

Learn new skills and stretch your creative responses as you write stories, true or untrue. We will be using structured exercises to explore key story-techniques. The emphasis is on enjoyment and finding your own style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills further. The course will begin with a range of quick-start exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. This will be followed by sessions that encourage individual experimentation in form and style, and the development of a distinctive ‘writing voice’. There will be optional homework tasks, and regular opportunities to discuss writing theory. Sessions will include advice about competitions and other submission opportunities.

Course aim

To provide a range of creative exercises that explore key story-writing skills, prompt imaginative responses, and can be extended into finished pieces in your own time.

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:

  • Draft a piece of writing by following an exercise set by the tutor.
  • Create a character word-portrait.
  • Critically evaluate a piece of writing provided by the tutor.

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
  • There will be an optional homework task set during each session. Students are encouraged to bring the results back to the group.

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?

  • Pen or pencils and writing paper or notebook.

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
  • 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
  • Tutor will regularly supply advice about writing opportunities appropriate for the group.

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Creative Writing - Short Stories

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  • 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
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