Creative Writing

Ref: C2344299

Are you a new writer who wants to discover your creative skills and abilities? Or are you a more seasoned hand wishing to hone your techniques? Whatever the case, come along to these online sessions (taught by exercises in poetry and prose, workshop, and discussion) to write and share work alongside like minded people. Tutor Deborah Tyler-Bennett is a published poet and fiction writer, who also writes creative writing reviews, textbooks and education packs. Writing should, above all, be a pleasure - so come and enjoy your creativity!

Course aim

This course, taught by a published writer, is intended to provide a 'creative writing toolkit' of tips, hints, and exercises for new and established writers alike. So if you want to polish your writing, come along and give it a go.

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

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

  • Recognise some of my own creative skills and consider how to make the most of these.
  • Identify how best to edit and polish work, highlighting which editing skills will benefit my work the most (the Tutor will discuss these as the course progresses).
  • Consider how strong images work - both in poems and fiction, and create a few concrete images to work from.
  • Learn from my reading around my chosen subject, the Tutor will encourage you look at what you already read, and highlight what you admire and dislike in other writers. This will allow you to discover what you want to write and what you want to avoid!
  • Discover how to make good writing notes and make your writer's notebook the most useful to you that it can be (remember, a writer's notebook can be digital or traditional paper).

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
  • Please keep a writer's notebook, whatever form, digital or paper this may take - these days a notebook may be on a phone, I-pad, or laptop. Or you may have several paper notebooks. We'll discuss why it's so important to keep a notebook, in the class.

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 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:
  • 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:
  • Please bring all your papers - writer's notebook, drafts of work from previous sessions - to each Zoom session, thanks. If you want to share your screen have the work as a word document beforehand. On Canvas, please check announcements each week for new information from your Tutor.

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
  • You will be encouraged to use the reading you normally do - to enhance your own writing and to discover your writing likes and dislikes. Tutor's latest book, Mr Bowlly Regrets: Poems, is from the King's England Press, 2017.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • If you so wish, sending work out for publication, or competition, which can be discussed during Zoom sessions.

Download full course information sheet

Creative Writing


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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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