Creative Writing

Ref: C2343822

Taught by a published writer, this creative writing workshop course considers how best to make the most of your writing - via exercises in poetry and prose and discussion. So come along, share your work with like minded writers, and get ready to hone and improve your writing skills. All are welcome, and new writers will learn from both the tutor and more practised writers.

Course aim

This course is a creative writing workshop course, taught via exercise and discussion. Facilitated by a published writer, the course considers how to make the most of your writing.

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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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 suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explore what my existent writing skills (such as the ability to structure a story or creating a strong poetic image) are and explain how I can build on these skills.
  • Explain what writing skills I would like to learn, and develop, and try to maximise my learning of new techniques.
  • Adopt the course's ethos of polishing and editing work as it goes along - this can be maximised via use of the writer's notebook and discussing different drafts in class.
  • Investigate how the use of Zoom might improve writing performance skills - reading work aloud is often crucial for writers, and Zoom means that opportunities exist to see your own performance and consider what you'd like to alter in your reading aloud style!
  • Discuss (should students so wish) how and when to send work out for publication.

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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Classes taught on Zoom and paperwork via Canvas. Please keep a writer's notebook, whatever form, digital or paper, this might take.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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
  • The writing you do and student discussion on Zoom will be key - if you are new taking note of the experiences and ideas brought by practised writers will be invaluable.

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: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Please bring paper and pen to each Zoom session as some sessions will involve writing on the spot, also bring a folder with past work for the course in, and your notebook to have to hand.

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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Reading, apps and websites recommended throughout, and the Tutor's publications include Mr Bowlly Regrets (poems) and Brand New Beat (stories set in the 1960s), both King's England Press, 2017. Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday (poems) out 2021 from King's England Press.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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