Creative Writing -Prose Power

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This course will consider a variety of fiction and non-fiction prose texts as a starting point for our own writing and our own writing development. An essential part of this will be a close reading of the texts and open minded consideration of their merits. The views of other members of the course should be taken into account before we make our responses and, in turn, there will be an opportunity to read and discuss work arising from the group.

Course aim

To use influential prose texts as a stimulus for our own writing development whether through poetry or prose.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • read with confidence and make a critical appraisal of a variety of prose texts.
  • take part in critical discussions about various prose texts and weigh up differing views.
  • utilise the starting points in each session as a step towards producing my own pieces of creative written work in a variety of formats.
  • present with confidence examples of my creative writing to the other members of the group.
  • take part in discussion of the work of fellow group members. I will be able to offer constructive criticism relating to increasing the effectiveness of particular pieces of writing. I will benefit from the atmosphere of mutual support which pertains within the group.

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
  • Each session usually ends with the setting of a written task to be completed for the following week when group members have an opportunity to read their work. Discussions after each reading are geared towards offering further support to the writer.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Verbal feedback takes place during the discussion of each piece of writing. In addition, group members have the opportunity to submit written work for a short written response the following week.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring a pen and a writing pad. Make sure that you are able to file pieces of work and course handouts from week to week. Most of all, bring along a generosity of spirit which will allow for constructive support to be offered to your course colleagues.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Wider reading beyond the course materials is always an asset. Members who are able to generate enthusiasm for their favourite pieces of writing can always make a welcome contribution.

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 https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Amongst all of the stated possibilities there is also the tantalising prospect of having work published whether through traditional publishing methods or pursuing self-publishing.

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Creative Writing -Prose Power

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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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

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