Creative Writing Toolbox

Ref: C2343888

This creative writing tool kit allows writer to consider the writing tools at their disposal, and how best to enhance these. Taught by a published writer, it considers stylistic elements such as structuring a story, creating strong poetic imagery, and using dialogue, and suggests ways of improving techniques via both exercises in poetry and prose. Discussing work in progress with the tutor and other writers is a key element of the course.

Course aim

This course is for writers wishing to expand the tools for creative writing at their disposal. It is a course taught by a published writer that considers technique and developing skills.

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:

  • Recognise how to create a vibrant poetic image - via exercises on what is visually and stylistically memorable.
  • Discuss my written work with the Tutor and my fellow students, learning along the way what questions asked and discussions participated in might help a writer to develop their work.
  • Structure short fictions, via exercises on timing, 'hooks', and characterisation.
  • Recognise how to edit and polish a draft of work as you go along - and consider why this is valuable to writing.
  • If you wish to send work out for consideration, sessions allow room for asking the Tutor how to do this, and what publishers might be suitable for approaching,

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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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

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 pen and paper to each Zoom session, as some sessions will involve writing on the spot, and keep work in a folder that you can keep to hand. Bring your writer's notebook and keep it to hand for each session.

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
  • Books, apps, and websites discussed throughout, and the Tutor's books include Mr Bowlly Regrets - poems, King's England 2017, and Brand New Beat - stories set in the 1960s, same date and publisher. New book of poems Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday out 2021 from the same press.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Creative Writing Toolbox

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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