Creative Writing

Ref: C3744952

If you have always written or always wanted to have a go, then this is the course for you. We will explore where to find ideas and inspiration and how to develop these into a piece of writing. We will read, discuss and learn from a variety of work by published authors and we will respond to a range of classroom prompts and exercises. We will practise revising and editing our work to produce a polished piece of writing.

Additional information about this course

In partnership with the Gatwick Foundation

Course aim

The course aims to give a relaxing and fun introduction to writing as a creative outlet.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Keep an observational notebook.
  • Read and discuss work by published authors.
  • Respond to prompts and exercises to produce a piece of writing.
  • Revise and edit my own work.

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 get more out of the course if you undertake to do some extra reading and writing in your own 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 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
  • The tutor will give written feedback on your work if you would like it.

What else do I need to know?

  • You should bring paper and pen to sessions, and it would be useful if you could have a notebook to note down ideas outside class - this can be on a mobile device if you prefer. The tutor would like to email you reading material if possible.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Hopefully, you will want to carry on writing after the course finishes.

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Creative Writing


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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