Start to Write

Ref: C3744454

On this course we will use prompts, stimuli and life experience to inspire us and have fun with a variety of writing activities and exercises. We'll draw on our senses to evoke a sense of place, explore various techniques to create memorable characters, consider ways to produce believable dialogue, work on how to start our work with effective hooks, look at various plot structures and practise the skill of editing. We will learn from published writers through critical reading and focused discussion. There will be space for participants' own interests, such as different genres, life writing and memoir as well as plays or poetry,

Course aim

If you want to nurture a piece of writing from a spark of inspiration to a finished piece, this is the course for you. The course aims to give an introduction to writing as a creative outlet and explore the technique of skilled writers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for people who have always wanted to have a go at writing or people who feel they have got a bit rusty.

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

  • Start keeping an observational notebook to inspire me to write.
  • Create a satisfying character who lives and breathes on the page.
  • Use all my senses to set a vivid scene.
  • Give and respond to constructive feedback.
  • Respond to prompts to produce a short story or poem.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • As the sessions are fortnightly, there will be space to read, write and reflect. Participants will be expected to research their own areas of interest and share their findings with the rest of the group.

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
  • Nobody will be expected to share their work for feedback if they do not want to, but most people will probably want to benefit from comments from their peers. The rules are that all feedback will be constructive, supportive and encouraging.

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 paper, a notebook and a pen. The tutor will email you reading material, and it would be helpful if you could print some of this yourself.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Participants may want to enter their work in writing competitions, send their work to publishers or self-publish.

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Start to Write

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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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