Writing for Pleasure

Ref: C3744198

The course is for the enjoyment of creative writing and to help you develop creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development; all forms are covered, including novels, plays, poems, short stories, memoirs, feature articles. There will be reading and discussion of your work in a friendly and constructive setting, discussion of many aspects of writing, such as getting started, shaping short stories, creating characters, writing modern poetry and some writing projects in class

Course aim

Enjoy developing creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development. All forms of writing are included - short stories, poetry, novels, plays, memoirs and feature articles. It is for all stages - beginners are welcome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only requirement is an interest in developing creative writing ability

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

  • Show development of my writing skills
  • Show development in assessing my own work
  • Have experimented in writing in different forms
  • Be aware of publication guidelines, should these be required

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
  • You will need to work on your writing in your own time. There will be readings and constructive criticism of work, occasional projects in class and discussion of many aspects of writing skill

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
  • Written work is of the essence of this course

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Just pen or pencil and writing paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • If publication is aimed at 'The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook' is desirable. Wide reading is good for development of creative writing ability

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Continuing working on writing in progress, editing and developing the work

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Writing for Pleasure

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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