Creative Writing - Advanced

Ref: C3677300

Be prepared to challenge yourself and work hard. You will give feedback to other writers on their work and receive feedback on your own. If you choose, you can participate in an in depth feedback session. Homework is set each week and, to get the most out of the course, you should complete this. In the final session you will have the opportunity to read/perform your own work as part of the Leeds/Headingley Lit Fest.

Course aim

This course is for writers with some experience who have previously attended courses and workshops and are prepared to work at a robust pace. We'll cover poetry, fiction and autobiography.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for writers who have some previous experience of courses and/or workshops.

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

  • Create poetry, prose fiction and/or autobiographical writing on the theme of Sanctuary
  • Explore prose poetry and write one or more prose poems of my own.
  • Identify the features of some popular genres and write a genre piece.
  • Examine a piece of writing and give constructive feedback.

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
  • We will be taking part in a live performance/reading on 10th March.

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
  • Homework is set each week and learners should complete this. Sharing work is encouraged in a weekly read around and you can expect to give and receive feedback.

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.)
  • Please bring pen and paper to class. Tablets/laptops can be used but are not essential. Some activities in class may include looking up websites/information on the internet so, if you have a suitable device, please bring it. Sharing/borrowing is possible and help in using devices will be available.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Handouts are provided. Tutor may suggest texts/websites for further reading during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students on previous courses have contributed to anthologies, gone on to Further and Higher Education, taken part in open mic sessions, submitted work for publication and more.

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Creative Writing - Advanced

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