Creative Writing - Beginners/Intermediate

Ref: C3677689

The beginner and intermediate course is for those who are new to creative writing courses and workshops and/or those with more experience who wish to work at a moderate pace. Workshops are carefully structured to be supportive and motivating as well as providing a platform for progression. We will draw on a variety of sources for inspiration and learners can respond in a range of ways – which might include poetry, prose and memoir. Learners are encouraged to discuss their work and will, if they wish, receive feedback from peers and tutor.

Course aim

On this course we will explore aspects of writing that will include poetry, prose and memoir.

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:

  • Explore and enjoy writing creative non-fiction.
  • Write to a specific theme and form.
  • Create stories and poems around letters and other written/printed documents.
  • Revise my own work.

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
  • Homework is set each week and, in order to get the most from the course, you should complete this. There is a weekly read around of homework, though you can choose to opt out of this if you wish.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • If you provide a copy of work you read aloud in class, the tutor will give some brief written 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 a paper and pen to class each week. Tablets and laptops can be used in class but are not essential. If possible learners should keep completed work, work in progress and handouts in a suitable ringbinder/folder.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The tutor will suggest texts and reading as appropriate and will proved handouts in class.

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
  • Learners on previous courses have progressed to further and higher education, taken part in open mic events and other performances, submitted work for competitions and anthologies, attended writers' festivals, created blogs, become published/self-published.

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Creative Writing - Beginners/Intermediate


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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
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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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