Word Power

Ref: C3677980

An opportunity to develop your own Word Power. Read examples of both poetry and short prose and then try writing some of your own. You may have some work which you have already started and wish to develop or you may be stepping out as a beginner. Either way, find support and encouragement here. Hopefully, you will also find inspiration and enjoyment. You can submit work produced on this taster course for the 'Lockdown Gallery' on the Yorkshire and Humberside WEA website.

Course aim

Word Power is a Creative Writing taster course. The focus will be mainly upon short stories and poetry with exercises and examples drawn from both genres but it will be applicable to both poets and writers of short prose.

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.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Most important of all, this course is for students who have an enthusiasm for the written word. The ability to take pleasure in reading and writing is as important as any other.

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

  • look back on my work and make decisions on future development of that work.
  • take samples of poetry and prose used on the course and read more widely from the authors represented in those materials.
  • contribute positively to discussions on the course.
  • recognise various techniques involved in writing poetry and prose and decide how best to employ them in my own work.
  • assess what makes a good poem and a good short story.

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
  • Readings and writing exercises will begin during the course but to gain full benefit, you will be expected to follow up some of these activities in your own time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • In this limited timeframe, the majority of the tutor feedback will be verbal in response to points raised in discussion or to written work in progress. Generally, any tutor comments will be positive and supportive.

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Bring a writing pad with you and whatever you prefer to use for writing.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Have a think about your favourite authors. Be prepared to say a few words about them and the books you have read which have influenced you. What is your favourite poem? Come prepared to talk about these things.

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • You can submit work produced on this taster course for the Lockdown Gallery on the Yorkshire and Humberside WEA website.

Download full course information sheet

Word Power

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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