Creative Writing - Beginners

Ref: C3744484

A friendly and encouraging course for both new and experienced writers wanting to write prose fiction - no poetry - from novels, short stories and children’s fiction to magazine fiction, run by a critically acclaimed novelist. Taking examples of good practice from published fiction, we’ll look at such aspects as characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure, setting and viewpoint, with a brief look at how to approach literary agents and publishers. Based on tutor-set activities and constructive feedback from each other, this course should help you identify what you want to write and how to write it. No equipment or materials will be required. This course aims to be stimulating and useful but also fun!

Course aim

An introduction to writing prose fiction - novels, short stories, children’s fiction - by a critically acclaimed novelist. To encourage both new and experienced writers identify what they’d like to write and how to write it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Write with greater confidence, clarity and skill. I’ll have started writing and kept writing, and learned to write better (partly by looking at examples of good practice in published fiction) along the way helping other writers like myself in a constructive and supportive environment.
  • I will have moved towards finding my ‘writer’s voice’ – e.g. what I want to write and how to write it.
  • I’ll have developed my skills in writing various forms of prose fiction from novels to short stories to children’s fiction to magazine fiction.
  • I’ll have developed my skills in in tackling such aspects of prose fiction writing as characterization, dialogue, plot, structure, setting and viewpoint.
  • I’ll have received an introduction in the tricky business of approaching literary agents and publishers.

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
  • We’ll look at examples of good practice in writing prose fiction and students will be invited to offer constructive feedback to each other. Most weeks there will be voluntary homeworks which will normally involve writing a page of prose for the class to (positively) feedback on next time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • The tutor will provide paper and pens for writing purposes. If students wish to use their own tablets or laptops that’s acceptable. If anyone needs to use a tablet or laptop but doesn’t possess one, I’m sure we can make arrangements to help them.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Two follow-up courses (Improvers and improvers extra) are scheduled for those wishing to study these activities in greater depth. Career opportunity spin-offs: published novelist, short story writer, playwright, scriptwriter, feature writer, reviewer, copywriter, technical author, blogger.

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Creative Writing - Beginners

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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