Advanced Creative Writing

Ref: C2227617

Having had some experience of writing, however minimal, this course aims to enhance the skills you've learned, putting into practice expressive and technical skills in creative writing within a supportive environment. You'll be taught by a very experienced tutor and published writer who is also a lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA. Our online sessions include writing exercises, the sharing of work with critical feedback and discussion of both published and student texts. Writing-at-home tasks are also offered to develop skills further. We'll look at ways to enhance elements employed such as 'show don't tell', different points of view/voice, character development, form and structure in both prose and poetry...You will feel more confident in both writing and editing by the end of the course! You do NOT have to be an experienced writer but you are encouraged to be willing to try new things, to read others' work and to participate in our supportive online sessions.

Course aim

This course aims to support the development of expressive and technical skills in creative writing, as well as editorial skills, for those with some experience writing poetry and prose, however minimal. This course is taught by a UEA lecturer.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone who writes creatively! While you don't need any qualifications in English, you will benefit from familiarity with English language grammar and expressions as well as basic writing terms such as narrative, setting and imagery. Some small experience as a writer is expected.

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

  • Increased understanding of expressive and technical skills in creative writing and put some into practice
  • Demonstrate some editorial skills in creative writing
  • Demonstrate some skills in peer-review and in-class critical contribution
  • Present written creative work either finished or in progress

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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
  • Online Zoom workshops will be tutor-led in a lively and supportive session that offers learners the chance to participate in discussion and contribute to the development of writing and editing skills

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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 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
  • Informal feedback will be provided during sessions with additional minor comments from the tutor on one piece of work uploaded to Canvas

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You'll need a note book and old fashioned pen or pencil for our online Zoom workshop sessions, unless you are comfortable and familiar with writing into your phone or another gadget (separate from the one you are using to Zoom from)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It might help you to familiarise yourself (using the internet search engine) with the following terms which we will use: Narrative, setting, character (and persona in poetry) imagery (metaphor, simile) and Point of View. If you're unsure about any of these during our sessions, ask me!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Advanced Creative Writing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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