Creative Writing: Improvers Extra

Ref: C3744707

A continuation of the ‘beginners’ and ‘improvers’ creative writing courses run by a critically acclaimed novelist. To encourage more experienced writers to develop their ‘writer’s voice’ in writing prose fiction - no poetry - from novels, short stories and children’s fiction to magazine fiction. However less experienced or inexperienced writers who have not attended previous courses will be able to join in. Taking examples of good practice from published fiction, we’ll look in greater depth at such aspects as characterization, dialogue, plot, structure, writing across genres and revisit how to approach publishers and literary agents. Based on tutor-set activities and constructive feedback from each other, this course is particularly aimed at those wishing to develop or complete their own longer projects. No equipment or materials will be required. This course aims to be stimulating and useful but also fun!

Course aim

Continuing the ‘beginners’ and ‘improvers’ creative writing courses run by a critically acclaimed novelist in greater depth, helping experienced writers write novels, short stories, children’s fiction and perhaps complete their own longer projects.

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
  • This course is specifically tailored for students who have completed the ‘beginners’ and ‘improvers’ creative writing course. However, it will be possible to accommodate students who have not attended the ‘beginners’ or ‘improvers’ courses.

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

  • I’ll continue to write with increased confidence, clarity and skill. I’ll develop my discipline of keeping writing, and have 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.
  • Having found my ‘writer’s voice’ – e.g. what I want to write and how to write it – I will have made progress, if appropriate, on my own longer writing projects and may have completed them.
  • I’ll have had the opportunity to develop my confidence and skills in writing various forms of prose fiction from novels to short stories to children’s fiction to magazine fiction and be able to tackle a wider range of projects, genres and styles with greater confidence.
  • I’ll have developed my confidence and writing skills in looking in greater depth at such aspects of prose fiction writing as characterization, dialogue, redrafting, plot, structure, setting and viewpoint.
  • I’ll have received further information and advice on how to approach 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. Students will be encouraged to complete their own longer projects stimulated by voluntary homeworks, normally involving writing a page of prose.

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The tutor will provide paper and pens for writing purposes. If students wish to use their own tablets or laptops that’s acceptable.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • This course is specifically tailored for students who have completed the ‘beginners’ and ‘improvers’ creative writing courses. However, it will be possible to accommodate students who have not attended the ‘beginners’ and ‘improvers’ courses.

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 https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Career opportunity spin-offs: published novelist, short story writer, playwright, scriptwriter, feature writer, reviewer, copywriter, technical author, blogger.

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Creative Writing: Improvers Extra

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

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