Online Taster: Writing for Wellbeing

Ref: C3531138

This taster is a 90 minute live video learning session using zoom, (for more information see http://bit.ly/WEAonline). Don't be afraid of the phrase Creative Writing. It means anything you write beyond a shopping list or a complaint to a supermarket about their mouldy tomatoes. We will cover short verses like Limericks, that can amuse or shock, to Ballads that tell stories. We will read from the likes of A. A. Milne, Kipling, Ogden Nash and Hillaire Belloc and read back our own creations.

Course aim

Stringing a few words together can make people feel better about themselves and others with whom they come into contact. It's been proved many times, that writing can help those recovering from bereavement, illness, divorce, disability or depression.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • hear and learn to understand a range of different verse forms from the Limerick to the Ballad
  • Take incidents from your own life and turn them into short verses that do can amuse to shock
  • have time to write you own verse and share it with the group
  • encouraged to read and be provided with a list of authors who may inspire you

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

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 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Something to write with and on

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Most people have a ditty somewhere in their brain that has meant something to them. It would be good to dig it out of the subconscious so that it could be read out and shared with others.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • There is no upper limit to writing. You could start with a simple Limerick and end up becoming a new Shakespeare. The WEA will show you the way and help you move along it

Download full course information sheet

Online Taster: Writing for Wellbeing

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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