Art of Creative Writing; Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Sci-fi,the Supernatural

Ref: C2344289

In a world that never was, but could have been, there existed a woman who created nearly possible fictions in her over-active, and slightly strange, imagination. Sometimes there were marvellous, almost credible machines; sometimes inventions of a mechanical, clockwork or an ethereal nature; sometimes there were things that were not quite of this planet and opened portals to another universe. Speculative fiction involves the creation of worlds that are close to a known reality but don’t actually exist. Steampunk is Victorian science fiction – returning to a time that existed and creating a world that never was. Science-fiction imagines future technologies and scientific advances beyond our current lived experience. The supernatural introduces mythical beings, ghostly apparitions and magical realism. In an upsidedown world, come along and speculate about what could happen in an alternative reality – a reality that you will be encouraged to talk about, write, share and enjoy.

Course aim

Explore creative writing exercises to improve storytelling techniques and write your own speculative fiction. Everyone will be encouraged to share their writing but nobody will be expected to do so. A relaxed, informal course for enjoyment.

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 suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A good level of spoken English is required.

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

  • Define the speculative fiction genre and understand associated sub-genres.
  • Use 'world-building' techniques to create a fictional world that appears 'real'.
  • Develop an interesting, unique, complex and rounded character and understand their motivation.
  • Upload at least one piece of writing to Canvas and read tutor and/or fellow students' feedback comments
  • Discuss fellow students' written work using Canvas or in live-time Zoom sessions

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

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

  • 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:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Art of Creative Writing; Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Sci-fi,the Supernatural


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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
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