Creative Writing - Ideas and Techniques

Ref: C2344331

Do you write? Would you like to make the most of your skills and techniques? This online course, taught by a published poet and fiction writer, will help you to make the most of your writing. Using exercises, reading aloud, and group discussion the course considers how you can make your written work the best it can be. So come along, and share your work with like-minded people, and really improve on your writing skills and ideas for creative pieces.

Course aim

This is a creative writing course aimed at giving both beginners and more seasoned writers a range of creative writing skills and techniques at their disposal. The course is taught via exercise, discussion, and reading aloud.

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
  • All writers, new and more seasoned, welcome.

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

  • Assess what images and ideas will most benefit my written work, applying some of the techniques learned in class to the stories and poems I wish to create.
  • Distinguish what makes a strong poetic image, and what cliches to avoid in writing.
  • Using my writer's notebook - collect and create a series of notes that will be useful to my writing development.
  • I will be able to analyse how editing, cutting and polishing techniques work, and how best to apply these to my own writing.
  • If seeking publication, I will be able to apply suggestions from my tutor that enable me to go about this in a productive way.

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 get used to keeping a writer's notebook - whatever form, paper or digital is right for you.

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

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 your notebook, drafts of work etc. to each Zoom 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
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Tutor's current books, Mr Bowlly Regrets: Poems/ Brand New Beat: Stories set in the 1960s, both King's England Press, 2017.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Creative Writing - Ideas and Techniques

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 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

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

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